New Zealand self drive holiday
How New Zealand self drive holiday makes a difference
When it comes to environmental policy there are few countries more pro-active than New Zealand, which leads the way (with Iceland and Costa Rica) to become one of the world’s first carbon neutral country. There are a rapidly growing number of tourism businesses in New Zealand taking steps to minimise their environmental impact and many organisations have achieved Green Globe accreditation including hotels, regional tourist boards, activities and visitor centres, each demonstrating a commitment to sustainable environmental practices.
We are committed to assisting the Kiwi Encounter conservation programme at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. Every client who books a holiday to New Zealand with us will be contributing to this incredible conservation effort. It is the only facility in the world that has been purpose built for the incubation and rearing of kiwi and is the only place in New Zealand where you can see this work in action and get closer to kiwi than ever before. This is a huge conservation effort to stop the extinction of a species that is New Zealand’s national icon and it all happens before your eyes. The proceeds from your entrance ticket go directly towards continuing this conservation work and to continue growing the numbers of kiwi eggs that are hatched and raised each year on-site at Kiwi Encounter.
We are proud to hold the AITO 3-star Responsible Travel accreditation recognising our commitment to sustainable tourism. We support a number of extremely worthwhile organisations and causes, including Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) at the University of Cambridge. Their pioneering research investigates social and environmental issues in the Arctic and Antarctic, such as global warming.
Dolphin Adventures in the Bay of Islands is governed by strict Department of Conservation laws and regulations as part of their marine mammal permit. Part of the permit conditions are a Code of Conduct which includes time spent with dolphins, speed, approach, distance, avoidance behaviour and strict dolphin swimming conditions; and daily report sheets that the DOC inspects and enforces. The company also have their own Code of Conduct for their guests and any interaction with the dolphins, including behaviour when swimming with the dolphins. The company has recently been awarded a Qualmark Enviro award for its responsible tourism practices.
Back home we have an active environmental policy in our office including recycling bins throughout; printing our brochures on FSC accredited paper from sustainable forests; systems to encourage a paperless office; and movement sensor lights which use the latest energy-saving long-life elements.
We are dedicated to ensuring that local communities and the environment are treated with the utmost care and respect by visitors. All the places visited on this tour benefit from the positive effects of tourism; economic benefits for local businesses and enterprises and employment for residents, thus contributing to the overall economic growth of each region. We support local communities by using locally owned and run hotels, activity operators and guides, and encouraging guests to visit local attractions, eat in local restaurants and buy local produce and crafts.
We have a close working relationship with our suppliers to encourage them to share our concerns about minimising impact on the environment whilst maximising the benefit to the local communities. Our guests are encouraged to respect the native Maori people, their culture, traditions and customs and to experience and support this fascinating heritage first hand. At Te Puia, a working Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, set up to foster the art and craft skills of Maori culture, local guides offer an insight into the lives of the Maori people, recounting stories handed down from their ancestors and describing the many uses they find for the natural resources around them.
New Zealand self drive holiday