The public’s knowledge of their access rights for outdoor recreation: a survey of Christchurch residents
This study examines the public's views of their access rights to the New Zealand countryside for outdoor recreation. A questionnaire survey of 300 Christchurch residents was conducted in December 2000/ January 2001 to investigate people's knowledge of their access rights, perceptions of access mechanisms, the availability of access information and their experiences with gaining access to land. Public access to both private and public lands is examined, within this study, with a focus on areas outside of urban areas. In order for respondents to identify different land areas, five easily recognisable categories of land were used: national parks, forest parks and reserves (parks/reserves), rural farm land (farmland), urban fringe, rivers/lakes and coast/beaches. Little previous research has addressed rights of access within New Zealand. The emphasis on research into access rights has focused on more active users and has primarily been concerned with opportunities available from a supply perspective. Access is not just an issue for active outdoor recreation. People going for a drive in the country, picnicking or taking short walks are also affected by where they can, or think they can, go. The authors believe this is the first study to specifically focus on access 'demand' or knowledge of access rights. It is hoped that further research will follow.... [Show full abstract]
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