Access mapping activities


The team at the New Zealand Walking Access Commission has developed their own online mapping system - the Walking Access Mapping System - or WAMS for short. 

It provides a range of views and ways in which users can see the public land, open tracks, and "unformed legal roads" that provide access to the outdoors across New Zealand.

Suggested activities 

These activities provide ways to understand more fully the features and functions of WAMS.

Understanding maps using WAMS

WAMS is free to use. It could be used in a teaching and learning context in a range of ways. For example, students could:

  • discuss the role of maps in our everyday lives 
  • consider the history of maps - how maps were create in the early days of New Zealand settlement, to the modern tools, like Google Maps, that are available today
  • use WAMS to find their local school and the tracks and open access places in their region
  • plan, create and print a local 'walking map'  

Exploring the outdoors using WAMS

Students could be also be asked to:

  • explore the key provided to help them understand the key features of WAMS
  • find and zoom in to an area of interest (a holiday destination or scenic or historic area) 
  • unpack find out what these features mean on WAMS, ie,
    Tracks and Access Points 
    • Access Points
    • DOC Public Access Easement
    • DOC tracks
    • Esplanade strips
    • Fish and Game
    • Te Araroa Trail
    • Walkways 
    Public Access Areas 
    • Road (Formed and Unformed)
    • Conservation Land
    • Public Reserve land
    • Marginal Strip
    • Crown Land
    • Esplanade Reserve
    Hydro Areas 
    •  Hydro Areas
    Administrative Boundaries 
    • DOC Boundary
    • Fish & Game Boundary
    • Territorial Authority Boundary
    • Regional Council Boundary

Students could also explore the Information Tool on WAMS. This feature could be used to plan a school camp or field trip.

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