Environment and Sustainability

Adventure South NZ is not a large company. Rather, we are a group of like-minded individuals who are committed to sustainability and the environment.

Adventure South NZ operates in some of the world’s most beautiful places sharing with visitors from New Zealand and overseas. Much of the attraction for these visitors is to experience the unspoiled and uncrowded landscapes and it is our challenge to ensure that in this sharing of the experience, we will minimise the impact of our business where possible.

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Adventure South NZ is proud to have received the Qualmark Gold Award for Sustainable Tourism Businesses - the highest award a business can hold.

Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism's official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to identifying quality travel experience. When you book with Adventure South NZ, you know you’re traveling with a business that’s providing quality experiences and leading the way in sustainability.

Learn more about our Qualmark Gold Award here.

Adventure South NZ is part of the New Zealand Tourism Commitment. To deliver on this, we must achieve ambitious economic goals while sharing the overwhelming benefits with supportive host communities, contributing to restoring, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high quality destination of choice for domestic and international travellers.

Conserving environments and cultures requires a united front with our industry partners, travellers, guides and staff. The Thoughtful Traveller booklet is a World Expeditions Travel Group initiative and is an easy to read document that empowers travellers with ideas on how they can be part of the solution and collectively change the world through their travels for good.

Read The Thoughtful Traveller e-book here.

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.

Tiaki means to care for people and place. By following the Tiaki promise, we are committed to acting as a guardian and protecting our home.

Environmental commitment and social responsibility


  • Adventure South NZ encourages environmentally conscious travel and sustainable business through active hiking and cycling tours

  • We use late model vehicles on tour, train our drivers on efficient and safe driving techniques and ensure we operate with correct vehicle tyre pressures, which all help reduce fuel emissions

  • We voluntarily donate to trail trusts to sustain the promotion and development of New Zealand Cycle trails

  • Adventure South NZ works very closely with NZ's Department of Conservation to ensure that our impact on NZ's National Parks and reserves is minimal. We are licensed concessionaries and a portion of all tour payments go towards DOC park management

  • Our small group tours allow us to stay at locally owned accommodation and family managed Hotels B&B’s where possible to add value to host communities

  • We educate and train all of our staff about Adventure South NZ’s environmental values and policies which will ensure environmental practices are in place such as recycling, waste reduction and we have recently started recommending reusable coffee cups on tours.

  • We have an in house ‘enviro-warden’ who reviews and reports on our current environmental practices

  • We encourage our travellers to download our Trip Notes from our website to save paper

  • We sell and donate our older bike fleets to members of the community

  • We have discontinued all of our plastic drink bottles and encourage travelers to bring their own

  • We only use reusable cups, plates and cutlery on tour

If you have an ideas, comments or suggestions on how we could improve our environmental and sustainable practices we would love to hear from you, get in touch here.