Tourism in New Zealand relies on us maintaining the pristine environment, stunning scenery and indigenous culture that sets New Zealand apart. We attract visitors from all corners of the globe and we need to provide quality and sustainable travel experiences.
A growing number of people enjoy outdoor recreation. Many of us like to visit our rural, backcountry, coastal and road-end areas. With this rise in use has come an increasing impact on the natural environment. Damaged plants, unsightly rubbish, eroding short cuts, polluted water, and deteriorating facilities are now more common.
Fortunately, along with the increase in the number of visitors, a more sensitive attitude to the environment is developing. Many picnickers, trampers, hunters, walkers, campers and other visitors to our natural areas realise that we must adopt a more caring attitude to the environment.
As a traveller, you have choices and opportunities to be a responsible traveller. We have demonstrated through our actions a strong commitment to sustainable practices. This means we are attentive to such vital areas as energy efficiency, waste management and recycling, minimising water use, and supporting their local community.
To help protect the natural environment, please follow these guidelines on your visit.
Protect plants and animals
Treat New Zealand’s forests and birds with care and respect. They are unique and often rare.
Litter is unattractive, harmful to wildlife and can increase vermin and disease. Plan your visits to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
Bury toilet waste
In areas without toilet facilities, bury your toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways, tracks, campsites, and huts.
Keep streams and lakes clean
When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. Because soaps and detergents are harmful to water-life, drain used water into the soil to allow it to be filtered. If you suspect the water may be contaminated, either boil it for at least 3 minutes, or filter it, or chemically treat it.
Take care with fires
Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. If you do use a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing it with water and checking the ashes before leaving.
When camping, leave no trace of your visit.
Keep to the track
By keeping to the track, where one exists, you lessen the chance of damaging fragile plants.
People visit the back country and rural areas for many reasons. Be considerate of other visitors who also have a right to enjoy the natural environment.
Respect our cultural heritage
Many places in New Zealand have a spiritual and historical significance. Treat these places with consideration and respect.
Enjoy your visit
Enjoy your outdoor experience. Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know that you have been there? Protect the environment for your own sake, for the sake of those who come after you, and for the environment itself.
Our team is committed to sustainable business practices, which conserve the physical and social/cultural environment. The natural environment such as ecosystems, biodiversity and native flora and fauna are important to New Zealand and to the tourism industry. To use these resources in a sustainable manner will ensure their protection into the future.