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.
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.
Our philosophy is education through experience: Maximum enjoyment with minimum impact.
Keeping groups to a small size on our guided walks enable us to achieve these objectives, and allow our clients to enjoy a true New Zealand wilderness experience.
Some of our practices include:
- Adopted the NZ Tourism Sustainability Commitment, created by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa. www.tia.org.nz
- 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. www.teurewera.co.nz
- Financial supporters of Moehau Environmental Group, Coromandel & the Glenfern EcoSanctuary, Great Barrier Island.
- Financial supporters of Project Tongariro. Assisting with conservation work in Tongariro National Park. www.tongariro.org.nz
- Supporting Kauri revegetation in the Coromandel with the planting of 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. www.willandable.co.nz
- Making conscious purchasing decisions to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics
- Recycling all plastics, glass, tin, paper and cardboard. Composting green waste and sending food waste to pigs and chickens
- Using recycled & non-bleached toilet paper & office paper
- Using free range eggs & Fair Trade coffee
- Supporting local businesses
- Our guides wear New Zealand made merino shirts by www.earthseasky.co.nz
- Every visitor generates their own ecological footprint. This tool allows you to calculate your carbon emission footprint and suggests ways to offset it. www.carbonzero.co.nz
We are constantly looking at ways to improve our environmental performance, and welcome any feedback or questions you may have.