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Hanmer Springs Attractions is a locally-owned and operated business offering outdoor experiences in Hanmer Springs, and is committed to operating in a sustainable way in all aspects of our business.

Learn more about our sustainability journey as we strive to lessen our impact upon our environment.

Sustainable Operations

Our sustainable actions include:

  • Using an electricity provider offering 100% renewable energy
  • Regular maintenance and upgrading of our vehicle fleets to ensure these run as efficiently as possible
  • Altering our Jet Boat trip to reduce emissions
  • Implementing a recycling programme and encouraging guests to participate in recycling
  • Offering only digital photos to reduce waste
  • Incorporating our local culture and stories into our commentaries and storytelling
  • Offering flexible shifts and hours where possible
  • Offering ongoing training and development opportunities for our staff to support their development
  • Offering locally-sourced food products and glass bottles where possible

Caring For The Environment

Our environmental engagement includes:

  • Ongoing native tree and shrub planting at our riverside base
  • Regular clearing of rubbish from the Waiau riverbed
  • Ongoing removal of invasive plant species to assist with native plant growth
  • Pest trapping to protect birdlife (including native kārearea or New Zealand falcons) nesting in the area
  • Limited use of plastic bags

Supporting Our Community

Our community engagement includes:

  • Supporting local events and fundraisers in the community with donations of tickets and reduced pricing
  • Supporting local charities with donations of tickets for their clients
  • Hosting a public AED on the exterior of our riverside base for our local community to use in emergencies
  • Several of our staff being members of the local Hanmer Springs Volunteer Fire Brigade
  • Supporting and engaging in local events including the annual village Christmas parade

Tiaki Promise

We’re committed to the Tiaki Promise: caring for our people, place and culture for now and for future generations. We invite our guests to do the same.

Learn more about Tiaki Promise

Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Award

We hold a Qualmark Gold Sustainable Business Accreditation from Tourism New Zealand’s Qualmark, and are the only adventure tourism operator in the Hurunui district to do so.

Qualmark Gold businesses are identified as delivering exceptional customer experiences and help lead the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world-class, sustainable visitor destination. Qualmark’s Sustainable Tourism Business (STB) Criteria are recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) for being equivalent to the GSTC Industry Criteria.

Learn more about Qualmark

We review our sustainability plan on a yearly basis and are committed to continuing to add to our sustainable actions for the benefit of the environment for future generations to enjoy.

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