The environment​

Our philosophy is education through experience: Maximum enjoyment with minimum impact.

The bush is a taonga – a treasure for all. It must be preserved for future generations.

The areas we walk in possess exceptional and fragile natural ecosystems. We endeavour to keep learning about the ecological processes at work and how we can best operate within them, while enhancing our visitors appreciation of the areas unique natural and cultural resources.

Keeping groups to a small size on our guided walks helps us to achieve these objectives and still enjoy a true New Zealand wilderness experience.

Want to find out what your own ecological footprint is? This clever tool allows you to calculate your carbon emission footprint and suggests ways to offset it. www.carbonzero.co.nz

Accreditations

All our trips are run according to our Environmental Policy, which incorporates the Department of Conservation’s Environmental and Water Care Codes.

We are Department of Conservation Concessionaire Holders – License number ECHB-24575-GUI

We hold an Enviro Silver Award from Qualmark in recognition of our efforts toward responsible tourism.

Environmental Practices
Environmental performance and practices are hugely important to us and we are always looking at ways to improve the way we do things.
Here are all the environmental practises we are proud to follow:

Adopted the NZ Tourism Sustainability Commitment, created by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Supporters and sponsors of the Waikaremoana Kiwi Recovery Team.

Maintaining our own pest traps on the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Track.

Members of “The Friends of Te Urewera”, a volunteer association dedicated to preserving conservation and recreation values in Te Urewera .

Committee members of Te Urewera Rainforest Route, a not-for-profit society committed to supporting the growth of ecotourism along the Te Urewera Rainforest Route in a sustainable manner.

Financial supporters of Moehau Environmental Group, Coromandel & The Glenfern EcoSanctuary on Great Barrier Island.

Financial supporters of Project Tongariro. Assisting with conservation work in Tongariro National Park.

Supporting Kauri revegetation in the Coromandel with the planting of over 220 native Kauri trees.

Careful trip design and planning to reduce our environmental and social impacts.

Using eco-friendly cleaning products, packaged in bottles made from recycled New Zealand milk bottles, by Will and Able, a New Zealand company providing jobs for people with disabilities.

Making conscious purchasing decisions to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.

We recycle all plastics, glass, tin, paper and cardboard.

We composting green waste and send food waste to pigs and chickens in need.

Using recycled & non-bleached paper wherever we can, from our toilet paper to our office paper.

We only buy free range eggs and Fair Trade coffee.

Supporting local businesses in whatever way we can.

All of our guides wear New Zealand made merino shirts by earthseasky.co.nz

Want to find out more about any of these initiatives, get in touch with Brad and Cathy today

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