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Rights of Public Access for Outdoor Recreation: What Does the Public Know?

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Abstract:

ABSTRACT

This study addresses the public's perceptions of their access rights to the New Zealand countryside for outdoor recreation. An interviewer‐administered questionnaire survey of 300 Christchurch residents investigated people's knowledge of their access rights, perceptions of access mechanisms, the availability of access information and their experiences of gaining access to land. Whilst individuals are aware of their rights in a general sense, and feel confident they know where they can go, their level of knowledge was found to be low. Findings indicate that knowledge of access rights exerts a strong influence over where people recreate.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-7939.2002.tb01619.x

Affiliations: Human Sciences Division, Lincoln University.

Publication date: 2002-04-01

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