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Adventure Activities Regulations

Key Messages for Schools

The Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016 articulate requirements for the commercial adventure operators for which they are intended. However, the regulations have implications for schools.




Make sure to know whether any activity you undertake is likely to be classified as an adventure activity. If you utilise contracted expertise through a provider you MUST use a registered adventure activity operator. 

⟹   What is an Adventure Activity?

⟹   Check the Register of Adventure Activity Operators


You are exempt from the regulations unless providing activities to non-students.

⟹   Information for schools (Worksafe NZ) 


The Ministry of Education EOTC Guidelines, Bringing the Curriculum Alive sets the framework for safe operating procedures for all school programmes.

Any activities also covered by the regulations are likely to be held up against an auditable standard that will quickly define "good practice" and "practicable steps". 

⟹   Activity Safety Guidelines (ASGs) (these define industry good practice)



 A contractor can provide services to your school without being registered as long as he/she is supporting your programme under your safety management plan.  If a contractor provides the school with an activity (as opposed to just expertise to support the school programme) they need to be a registered provider.

⟹   Information for contractors and organisations using contractors  (Worksafe NZ) 


In contracting or hiring instructors to support delivery of a programme or activity, schools should follow best practice, such as hiring to match the scope of the activity and ensuring the instructor holds a recognised New Zealand qualification that is current.
⟹   To find an instructor go to:

The New Zealand Register of Recreation Providers (NZRRP), or

The New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association NZOIA)

Other links  A dedicated website for operators of adventure activities providing information and updates for operators of adventure activities.

 Activity Safety Guidelines (ASGs) Voluntary guidelines that reflect industry good practice for managing safety and are considered a reliable source of good practice information.

All Terrain Vehicles         
Alpine Hiking

Climbing on Artificial Structures

High Wire and Swing    





Nga Ratonga Kaupapa Atawhai CS No. CC25473.