The purpose of this Act is—
(a) to provide the New Zealand public with free, certain, enduring, and practical walking access to the outdoors (including around the coast and lakes, along rivers, and to public resources) so that the public can enjoy the outdoors; and
(b) to establish the New Zealand Walking Access Commission with responsibility for leading and supporting the negotiation, establishment, maintenance, and improvement of—
(i) walking access (including walkways, which are one form of walking access) over public and private land; and
(ii) types of access that may be associated with walking access, such as access with firearms, dogs, bicycles, or motor vehicles.