Kevin TavarizQueenstown Resort College

Guidelines for other organised outdoor activities

Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) are for organised outdoor activities that are not currently covered by the Adventure Activities Regulations or the associated Activity Safety Guidelines (ASGs).

They are primarily designed for youth organisations, recreational clubs, schools, outdoor centres and commercial adventure operators and can be used by part-time and volunteer outdoor educators or instructors to help plan an activity. GPGs are particularly useful for programme managers who want to align their procedures and systems with generally accepted good practice.


General Guidance for Organised Outdoor Activities 

General Guidance for Organised Outdoor Activities covers all activity types and gives an overview of common safety considerations.

Overarching Risk Management Guidance

Overarching Risk Management Guidance (v2) covers overarching risk management processes and shows how the risk ratings for each GPG and activity planning template were created (see below).

Use it alongside the safety management system information to guide the development of your safety system and to ensure you understand how the GPGs and activity planning templates should be used. 

Driving - guidelines and checklists

Driving Good Practice Guideline (v1) provides guidance for driving to and from activities, and before, during and after trip checklists 


Activity Good Practice Guidelines and Activity Planning Templates

These documents are designed to be used together.

Activity Good Practice Guidelines give an overview of safety considerations for specific outdoor activities or sets of activities while activity planning templates are an editable document that can be used to create an activity safety plan. 

Other guidance 

Good Practice Guidelines development

Good Practice Guidelines are developed and reviewed as a collaborative effort led by Recreation Aotearoa and Education Outdoors NZ with help from the following individuals and groups:


Fiona McDonald (Editor, EONZ), Fiona Ryder (Recreation Aotearoa), Jen Riley (Recreation Aotearoa, group facilitator, review coordinator), 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


Mark Smith (facilitator), Stu Allan, Adventure Specialties, St John of God Hauora, Outward Bound NZ


Mark Smith and Liz Penman

Archery and Target Shooting

David Mangnall (Facilitator), Gus Johannes, Alex Warriner, Philip Seed, Manu Schijf, Jonathon Hall.

Beach and Surf Activities 

Mark Smith (facilitator), Ross Merrett- SLSNZ,  other credits coming. 

Camp fire cooking and fires                                                                                                                               

Mark Smith, Alex Warriner, Judith Bright, James Bruce. 

Environmental Service                                                                                                                                         

Jen Riley (facilitator), Matt Stanford, Lou Drage, Dave Sharp, Celia Hogan, Shannon Corkill, Rosie Joyce 


David Mangnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Mathews

Inland Waterway Swimming

David Mangnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Matthews, Nathan Watson, Lynley Steward

Low ropes and confidence courses

Liz Penman, Mark Smith

Map Based Activities

David Mangnall (Facilitator), Jean Cory-Wright, Russell Higham

Non-technical Caving 

Jen Riley (Facilitator), Angus Stubbs, Keiran McKay, Hillary McDonald, Keiran Chandler, Richard Kersell, Kate Parr, Steven Gread 

River Activity

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

Sliding Activities

David Mangnall (Facilitator), Gus Johannes, Alex Warriner, Philip Seed, Debbie Wanhill, Manu Schijf, Jonathan Hall   


Liz Penman (facilitator), Samara Nicholas, Manu Schijf, Tim Wills, Yuin Khai Foong. 


David Mangnall and Bevan Smith





Organisations who have funded this project include Education Outdoors NZ, Recreation Aotearoa, 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.