Sustainability Day 2021 – Leave nothing but a footprint
The past year has made us realise more than ever, how travel can inspire and energise us. At the same time, it has become even more important to establish a low carbon footprint. The tourism industry is working hand in hand to make sustainable travel feel like the new “normal” to keep our world beautiful, and it is therefore the responsibility of individuals and businesses alike to take rapid and radical action against climate change.
What can we do to make our trips kinder to people, animals and our planet?
Here at Haka Tours HQ, we have signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations, and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to cut global emissions in half by 2030.
As part of this pledge, we will be:
- creating a ‘Climate Action Plan’;
- committing to local biodiversity efforts;
- partnering with local organisations to provide much needed funding for environmental projects;
- focussing on our processes to ensure we are environmentally focussed;
- providing our manuhiri (guests) with an environmentally unencumbered and magical experience of Aotearoa.
We also already follow New Zealand’s Tiaki Promise and care for our future by helping to protect our land, our sea and our culture, and we encourage our guests to do the same.
Here are some tips how you can help protect and preserve our home whilst travelling through Aotearoa New Zealand with us:
- Protect our nature by sticking to the main paths and leave it as you found it.
- Travel with a reusable water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery so you can order that takeaway coffee guilt free!
- Avoid activities that injure, harm or pose potential harm to animals.
- When visiting a new place, head out for food at a local restaurant. You’ll not only be eating local produce but you’ll also get to know locals and try their traditional food.
- Help preserve our cultural traditions by showing respect for our customs and ways of life. Don’t be afraid, say “Kia Ora” (hello) to us when out and about, we’re friendly Kiwis!
We look forward to welcoming you to Aotearoa New Zealand and we encourage you to be a considerate Kiwi!