Information for operators

The OutdoorsMark safety audit programme started in 2003. It was formally launched in the New Zealand Parliament on 1 March 2004.

Since then OutdoorsMark has made positive and meaningful contributions to the safety management of over 160 operations ranging from sole traders to multi-million dollar businesses.

The information on the following pages is intended to give operators the details they need to understand the OutdoorsMark programme. For further details email our OutdoorsMark Audit Administrator.

Special note about the sale of OutdoorsMark 

As has been publicly notified, OutdoorsNZ has sold the OutdoorsMark programme to Skills Active Aotearoa Ltd, who are a not for profit company owned by the Sport Fitness and Recreation sectors. Skills Active will take over the OutdoorsMark programme as of June 30, 2014 ( or earlier by agreement with OutdoorsNZ). To be able to audit to the Adventure Activities Regulations, Skills Active must achieve accreditation with JASANZ as a conformity accreditation body, this process is expected to be completed before the handover date.

We wish to make you aware that if you start an audit now with OutdoorsNZ the process may be completed by Skills Active if the audit has not been completed by the time of ownership transfer to Skills Active.

In the unlikely event that Skills Active is unable to achieve CAB accreditation, both Outdoors NZ and Skills Active agree to transfer the operators audit documents and interim reports, along with any balance remaining from prepayments received from the operator, where incurred audit expenses have been deducted , to a CAB of the operators choice.

WorkSafe New Zealand

WorkSafe NZ (formerly the Health and Safety Group within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) administers the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011.

Under the regulations some operators providing adventure activities must be registered with WorkSafe NZ. To be registered, operators must first pass a safety audit. OutdoorsMark meets Worksafe NZ requirements.

To find out more read the information for operators on the WorkSafe NZ website.


SupportAdventure is a website developed by TIANZ with the support of Outdoors NZ in response to operator feedback during the Adventure Tourism Review.

The SupportAdventure website and guidance materials provides operators with a centrally located, credible source of safety guidance that supports their effort during start up and ongoing reviews of their safety management systems.

To find out more visit the SupportAdventure website