New Zealand eco tour - responsible tourism
Help Keep New Zealand Green
Our aim is to be recognised both within New Zealand and internationally as leading edge from a sustainability aspect; other businesses will seek us out to benchmark against us. We will be the operator of first choice for clients and staff that have an environmental conscience.
To achieve this we need to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of our natural environment. We strive to ensure we comply with all relevant environmental legislation and commit to making our environmental records available to environmental agencies and other interested parties. The future of Flying Kiwi and indeed New Zealand's tourism future is dependent on ensuring tourism businesses are focussed on sustainability economically, environmentally and socially.Flying has set the standard by being one of the first adventure tour operators to receive a Qualmark Enviro Award. To achieve this award Flying Kiwi have actively demonstrated that we are engaging in the following:
- Energy efficiency
- Conservation initiatives
- Waste management
- Community activities
- Water conservation
A Better Way to Travel
Tours with Flying kiwi can also reduce your carbon footprint when travelling around New Zealand. In addition to our environmental policy, cooking as a group, staying in tents and cycling instead of travelling by bus all helps to reduce your environmental impact. In many instances this can be as much as 60% compared with alternative methods of touring eg camper vans, rental cars and backpacker buses who aren't actively pursuing environmental goals. Our sustainability policy (see below) is reviewed annually to ensure that we are on track and striving for continuous improvement in our performance. Recent actions include:
- Conducting an annual Sustainability Assessment
- Regular staff training to ensure entire team understands our goals and their responsibilities
- Reducing our CO2 emissions by regular maintenance checks including fuel efficiency and tyre pressures reducing fuel use at least 10% over last year
- Encouraging the suppliers we work with to develop their own sustainability plans and goals
We encourage you to visit www.carbonzero.co.nz to assess the impact of your travels to and within New Zealand and see what a difference camping based tours make. The Carbon Zero programme gives you the tools to measure, manage and mitigate your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
Achievements and Recognition for our Environmental Work:
- 2010 Qualmark Enviro Award
- 2009 National Geographic "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"
- 2008 Qualmark Enviro Bronze Award
- 2007 Nelson Environment Award
- 2006 Nelson Environment Award
- 2005 Nelson Environment Award
Responsible Travel Policy
We respect and adore our beautiful environment, culture and history and strive to help others appreciate and maintain it.
- We stay in locally owned accommodation, having native guides and using activity options that are owned and operated by local people wherever possible. We focus on "authenticity".
- Our smaller group sizes (maximum of 28 people) have a minimal impact
- on New Zealand's stunning environment as we explore predominantly by bike and foot
- All our guides take responsibility for ensuring that the guests understand the nature of the environment that they are in and minimise the impact that they may have.
- As much as we can our office recycles waste and we use recycled products when ever possible.
- On hikes we minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites clean or cleaner than we find them. Rubbish is carried out.
- Through annual and access fees to national park authorities we contiibute essential revenue to the protection and maintenance of flora and fauna in the parks we visit. We comply with the all plans of national parks we visit and help by reporting harmful events or special findings to the park management.
- By cooking in groups and staying in carefully chosen camp sites we focus on saving water and energy.
- We enjoy hikes and rides in smaller groups minimising any negative impact on the wildlife and environment. We also instruct people not to pick of wild flowers and plants.
- All travellers are made aware of our responsible travel policy pre-trip.
- We encourage all travellers to assess their carbon footprint and donate to offset it at www.carbonzero.co.nz
- By buying food as a group and cooking together we minimise the waste and energy required.
- Our vehicles are stringently tested and meet or exceed all the required emission standards.
- As an increasing number of travellers choose to explore New Zealand using campervans and hop-on, hop-off buses our "authentic" option minimises the environmental impact of travellers trips over these alternatives.
- We use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Donations & Environmental Projects:
Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours supports the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust by way of a donation scheme and interest in environmental projects.
The aim of the Abel Tasman Birdsong is to protect and enhance biodiversity and improve the visitor experience in Abel Tasman National Park. It is a Charitable Trust, formed in 2007 and its vision is that the forests and beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park are once again filled with the birdsong that awakens and delights visitors.
The Abel Tasman National Park is 22,530 hectares, and is New Zealand’s smallest National Park. World famous for its golden beaches, granite cliffs, estuaries and native forests. Unfortunately, its native flora and fauna have suffered over the years, ravaged by fire, farming, logging, invasive weeds and predators. Without help, wildlife and habitat will continue to be lost.
Flying Kiwi is an Associate Member of the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust and will match all travellers optional $10 donation towards this worthy cause. We also make it possible for travellers to volunteer their time and get involved with environmental projects such as site preparation and the clearing of weeds as well as planting knew trees, thereby having a positive impact on the environment.
Active Members of:
- Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust
- Nelson-Tasman Sustainable Tourism Charter
- Sustainable Business Network
- Green Fleet
- Work closely with New Zealand Department of Conservation.
- We also recommend: NEW ZEALAND TRUST FOR CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS (www.conservationvolunteers.org.nz ) These guys help improve and restore New Zealand's ecology. If you can, participate in one of their many valuable projects run countrywide.
For more information on what you can do to minimise your impact during your travels to New Zealand please visit the DOC website