Adventure Regulations - what you need to know

When is adventure not 'adventure' - do you know? Did you know there is criteria that turns a regular tourism activity into an 'adventure activity' – are you across this?

I’m not captured – am I?

All operators that offer 'adventure' activities, even if it is only one part of a wider business operation, are affected. Surprising as it sounds, there are some operators out there who might not realise they are captured under the new Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011 that come into effect 1 November.

How can I find out?

Tourism New Zealand, TIA and Worksafe NZ have worked together to develop a guide to the criteria, which is designed to help support your understanding of who is definitely in, definitely out and the grey areas. It also offers some advice on what to do next!

If you are still not sure if you are captured by the regulations, you can email

The following resources may also be useful:

• a recording of the WorkSafe New Zealand/TNZ/TIA webinar hosted by RTONZ, • TIA’s support adventure website • WorkSafe New Zealand’s webpage for operators

No time to delay – send your paperwork in today

On 1 November, any tourism operator that runs an ‘adventure activity’ must be registered with Worksafe New Zealand in order to continue operating legally.

With this deadline looming, Tourism New Zealand is urging all operators to get their business in order.

For more information and to read the full article on what you need to do, visit the Tourism New Zealand corporate website.