Adventure South NZ Celebrates Qualmark Gold

Adventure South NZ is thrilled to be awarded with the Qualmark Gold award for Sustainable Tourism Business. This award is such an honour and truly recognises the massive effort and commitment the team have given to benefit our travellers and the environment we travel through.

So what is Qualmark you ask?

Qualmark is New Zealand's official tourism quality assurance organisation and recognises excellence in sustainable business practices. Businesses are independently assessed by a Qualmark offical and are awarded with a Bronze, Silver or Gold award based on their sustainable practices in health and safety, the environment, social/people and economic criteria.

"A Gold Qualmark Award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do. It identifies those businesses leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable visitor destination".  - Qualmark NZ. 

This means we're up there with the best in NZ!


Here are just some of our sustainable business practices:

  • We use late model vehicles to reduce fuel consumption
  • We have an in house bike mechanic who maintains our quality bike fleet
  • We on-sell and donate our older bike fleet to community members
  • Our 'Thoughtful Traveller' e-book not only promotes responsible travel but reduces paper
  • We have an in-house 'enviro warden'
  • We voluntarily donate to trail trusts 
  • 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
  • Our guide training helps build the spirit of Manaakitanga


Adventure South NZ's main goal is to provide the best adventures we can for our travelers.

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 which is backed by our Qualmark Gold award.

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