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Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs)

Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) are to help people plan organised outdoor activities for others. They are specifically designed to address common outdoor activities that are not currently covered by the Adventure Activity Regulations or the associated Activity Safety Guidelines (ASGs).

GPG's are primarily designed for youth organisations, recreational clubs, schools, outdoor centres and commercial adventure operators. They are written to be useable by part time or volunteer outdoor educators or instructors who are planning an activity. GPG's will be particularly useful for programme managers wanting to align their own procedures and systems with generally accepted good practice.

Good Practice Guidelines

General Guideline for Organised Outdoor Activities 

This document covers all activity types and gives an overview of common safety considerations.

Overarching Risk Management Guidance

This document covers overarching risk management processes and shows how the risk ratings in each of the GPG's and Activity Planning Templates were created. Use it alongside the safety management system information on this website to guide the development of your safety system and to ensure you understand how the GPG's and Activity Planning Templates should be used. 

Good Practice Guidelines and Activity Planning Templates

These two documents are designed to be used together. Good Practice Guidelines give an overview of safety considerations for specific outdoor activities or sets of activities, and the Activity Planning Templates are an editable document that can be used to create an activity safety plan. 

Adventure Based Learning 


Emergency communication

Flatwater Floating and Paddling

Inland Waterway Swimming

Low Ropes and Confidence Courses

Overnight Camping

Target Shooting

Sliding Activities

GPG development

GPG's are the result of a collaberative effort lead by the NZ Recreation Association and Education Outdoors NZ. They were developed with the help of the following individuals and groups:


Fiona McDonald (Editor, EONZ), Rob MacLean (NZRA Project Management), Working Group Facilitators: David Mangnall, Mark Smith, Liz Penman.

Working Groups

Generic Guidelines, and Overnight Camping: David Mangnall, Fiona McDonald, Mark Smith, Rob MacLean

Overarching Risk Management: David Mangnall, Fiona McDonald, Mark Smith, Rob MacLean, Alex Warriner

River Activity: David Mangnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Mathews, Nathan Watson, Lynley Stewart

Flatwater: David Mangnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Mathews

Inland Waterway Swimming: David Magnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Matthews, Nathan Watson, Lynley Steward

Map Based Activities: David Magnall ( Facilitator), Jean Cory-Wright, Russell Higham

Sliding Activities: David Magnall ( Facilitator), Gus Johannes, Alex Warriner,Philip Seed,Debbie Wanhill, Manu Schijf,Jonathan Hall   

Archery and Target Shooting: David Magnall ( Facilitator), Gus Johannes, Alex Warriner, Philip Seed, Manu Schijf, Jonathon Hall.


Organisations who have funded this project include Sport New Zealand, Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust, Girls Brigade New Zealand, Scouts New Zealand and Christian Camping New Zealand. Template, design and video exemplar links were done by the Mountain Safety Council and web layout on the SupportAdventure Website by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.