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.


We aim to:

  • Promote safe participation
  • Provide assurance that national outdoor safety standards for safety and professionalism are being met
  • Raise standards in the delivery of adventure activities
  • Reduce the risk of injuries and accidents
  • Establish procedures for continual review and revalidation. 


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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.

OutdoorsMark is now part
of Skills Active Aotearoa

In June 2014, OutdoorsMark merged with Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation for sport and recreation.

OutdoorsMark is
JAS-ANZ Certified

WorkSafe has consulted with JAS-ANZ, an international certification accreditation body, in establishing the New Zealand Adventure Activities Certification Scheme. This is the scheme that outlines how audits are to be conducted under the WorkSafe Safety Audit Standard. (The audits are required under the Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016.) 

OutdoorsMark is the first auditing body under this scheme to become accredited, and as such, operators who have certification with OutdoorsMark now enjoy international recognition of their safety standards. 

The JAS-ANZ certification will appear on your next OutdoorsMark Adventure Activities Certification. This tells your clients that you meet national and international standards in safety practices. Your certification will also appear on the JAS-ANZ register. 

This is in addition to the WorkSafe and OutdoorsMark register, and of course the New Zealand Register of Recreational Professionals. Clients can search these registers to identify safe operators when looking for adventure activities.

WorkSafe New Zealand

WorkSafe New Zealand (formerly the Health and Safety Group within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) administers the Health and Safety at work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016. 

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

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