Pristine waters of Lake Wilson (Routeburn Valley)

Environmental Care Code Aotearoa New Zealand

10 Point Care Code

REMOVE RUBBISH: Litter is unattractive, harmful to wildlife and can increase vermin and disease. Plan your visits to reduce rubbish and carry out what you carry in.

PROTECT PLANTS AND WILDLIFE: Treat New Zealand's forest and birds with care and respect. They are unique and often rare.

BURY TOILET WASTE: In areas without toilet facilities, bury your toilet waste in a shallow hole away from waterways, tracks, huts and campsites.

KEEP STREAMS AND LAKES CLEAN: When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. Because soaps and detergents are harmful to water life, drain used water into the soil to allow it to be filtered. If you suspect the water may be contaminated, either boil it for at least three minutes, or filter or chemically treat it.

TAKE CARE WITH STOVES AND FIRES: Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. If you do use a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing with water and checking the ashes before leaving.

CAMP CAREFULLY: When camping leave no trace of your visit.

KEEP TO THE TRACK: By keeping to the track where one exists, you lessen the chance of damaging fragile plants.

CONSIDER OTHERS: People visit the back-country and rural areas for many reasons. Be considerate of other visitors who also have a right to enjoy the natural environment

RESPECT OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE: Many places in New Zealand have a spiritual and historical significance. Treat these places with consideration and respect.

ENJOY YOUR VISIT: Enjoy your outdoor experience. Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know that you have been there.

(Above) Lake Wilson (above Lake Harris near the Routeburn Track)

(Above) Fohn Lakes