History of OutdoorsMark


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 OutdoorsMark.


Special note about the sale of OutdoorsMark

As has been publicly notified, OutdoorsNZ sold the sport, exercise and recreation sectors. Skills Active took over the OutdoorsMark programme as of June 30, 2014. 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 currently underway.


Agencies we work with:


WorkSafe New Zealand

WorkSafe NZ administers the Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016.


If an operator provides adventure activities that fall under the Regulation, then they 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, refer to 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