What's important to us
Our company was born out of a desire to share the wildlife and environments we love.
It is through the generous support of the local communities that our tours are possible, we ask the communities how we can contribute meaningfully and respect their values. We work closely with Iwi to uphold their taonga tuku iho.
We support our communities by sponsoring their projects, at D'Urville Island we donate $300 for each tour to the D'Urville Island Stoat Eradication Trust. For our Muzzle Tours located at the Clarence Reserve near Kaikoura we donate $1000 to the Kaikoura Agricultural and Pastoral Show which has become a iconic cultural event where town meets country. We are humbled to be able to help in this small way keep our rural communities vibrant.
To reduce our carbon footprint we plant one tree for every client taken on a tour. We have a planting project underway in collaboration with the Opawa Wines, the Marlborough District Council and the QE2 Trust along our river margin which was affected by the November 2017 earthquake.
We support the Government's Predator Free 2050 program by trapping in our Queen Elizabeth Trust wetland of which we are the privileged custodians. Visitors are always welcome by prior arrangement.
Will mentors students from the local college about sustainability and wildlife. He has also given power point presentations to community groups about the wildlife of the Wairau Lagoon. He is also on the steering committee of the Marlborough East Coast Protection Group and is involved in the line trapping for stoats. The MECPG is a community led organisation fostering the coastline impacted by the Nov 14 earthquake which has resulted in increased vehicle access to the beaches.
We have made regular annual plan submissions to council to raise awareness of the importance of the wetlands of the lower Wairau. The council in conjunction with the Rangitane have created a new reserve and made the waste water wetlands of the lower Wairau accessible to the public by way of a public walking track. Interpretation panels have been erected which give information about the wildlife of the area.
We hold annual community river clean up days, working with the local duck hunters.
We recycle as much as possible and use cleaning products and toiletries which are kinder to nature. We are always seeking ways to do things more efficiently.
Our staff uniform comes from the socially and ethically responsible clothing company Kathmandu