An active adventure exploring the Land of the Long White Cloud
From the beautiful waterfront city of Auckland to the spectacular Southern Alps, New Zealand is blessed with an array of natural wonders. By far the best way to appreciate these is on foot and by boat, and this active trip maximises the time spent in the outdoors.
Whether it's kayaking sheltered waterways, hiking between volcanic peaks, spotting kiwis or rafting down the Buller River, New Zealand is a country that always seems to exceed expectations.
What makes this trip responsible?
As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we work closely with our local operator to run this trip in a way that aims to reduce detrimental impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. We reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact by restricting group size, using fuel efficient vehicles, minimising the use of vehicles and aircraft, employing recycling, re-using and composting and bulk buying of food supplies.
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New Zealand Wilderness
We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy whereby we leave nothing behind, only footsteps! When trekking, we ensure to stay to marked trails wherever possible to reduce erosion and damage to the local ecosystem, and any rubbish will be taken back to the town and disposed of properly.
CarboNZero was established by Landcare Research to assist companies to identify, minimise and offset their carbon footprint. In 2001 our local operator led the way, becoming the first New Zealand company to achieve Green Globe’s certification process. They also became the first company in NZ to subscribe to the Carbon Offset EBEX21. Developed by Landcare Research in conjunction with the Queen Elizabeth II Trust, this program identifies the fuel usage and converts this to a carbon emission value. An equivalent land value is identified for the area of land required enabling regeneration of vegetation to act as a ‘carbon soak’. Our local operator paid a sum on money to the QEII Trust to allow them to support landowners seeking finance to fence off and retire land to allow natural regeneration.
Our local operator also works very closely with the Department of Conservation DOC to ensure that our impact on the National Parks and reserves is minimal. They are licensed concessionaries and donate a portion of each Exodus traveller’s trip payment to the DOC, this is then directed to park management.
As a means of providing back to the local community, our local operator donated annually to the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust which uses funds to continue the upgrade of the Rail Trail.
Milford Sound Mitre Peak