OUR PROMISE

To provide ‘Sustainable’ Exclusive Experiences in Aotearoa, New Zealand

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We call it Manaakitanga.

Manaakitanga derives from two words - 'mana' and 'aki'. Mana is a condition that holds everything in the highest regard.

Aki means to uphold or support. Extending Manaakitanga requires respect, humility, kindness and honesty.

 

OUR COMMUNITY/ TO TATOU HAPORI

We support our communities financially by sponsoring their projects. For each tour to the D'Urville Island we donate $300 towards the the community conservation project Rangitoto Bird Song.

 

For our Muzzle Tours located at the Clarence Reserve near Kaikoura we donate $1000 to the Kaikoura Agricultural and Pastoral Show to support the connection between town and country and promote natural New Zealand products such as wool and lamb.

 

For our upcoming tours to the Chatham Island's we are delighted to be able to contribute toward the restoration of the communities swimming pool. So vital for keeping the local children water safe. We thank all of our customers who make these initiatives possible.

 

In conjunction with our tour to Port Ligar we donate $100 per visitor to the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust. This is to help the drive to remove wilding pines from the Marlborough Sounds.

 

Thanks to those who booked the Molesworth Tours we were able to donate $1,500 to the fundraiser for the Awatere Valley Early Childhood Education Hub, Shaking for Change for the replacement of their earthquake effected facilities.

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OUR COMMITMENT/ TO TATOU FAFAURAA 

Now based in Kaikoura we are actively looking for ways to get involved in our new community.

Will is an active member of the Marlborough East Coast Protection Group. The MECPG is a community led organisation fostering the coastline impacted by the Nov 14 earthquake which resulted in increased vehicle access to the beaches.

We have made regular annual plan submissions to the Marlborough council to raise awareness of the importance of the wetlands of the lower Wairau. The council in conjunction with the Rangitāne 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 and cultural significance of the area.

 

OUR LAND / TO TATOU WHENUA

Until the sale of our property in April 2020 we have reduced our carbon footprint by planting one tree for every client taken on a tour. The planting project was in collaboration with our partners Opawa Wines, the Marlborough District Council and the Queen Elizabeth National Trust along the Opawa river margin; which was affected by the November 2017 earthquake.

In 2021, we subscribed to 

Toitū Envirocare’s Toitū carbon assess.

 

Our subscription, partners us with likeminded New Zealand businesses who are taking climate action. Using the online tool we will be able to record our carbon usage and offset it accordingly by paying toward carbon positive projects.”

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SUSTAINABILITY

Working together towards a better future
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SUSTAINABILITY

 

Our "Driftwood Eco-Tours" staff uniform comes from the socially and ethically responsible clothing companies, 

Kathmandu and Swanndri , who are committed to sourcing the highest quality wool from farms throughout New Zealand.

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RECYCLE - REDUCE - RENEW

 

Driftwood Eco-Tours recycle as much as possible and use cleaning products and toiletries which are kinder to nature.

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CARBON REDUCTION

Click here to see how we are reducing our carbon footprint.

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