5 Must Visit Sustainable Destinations In New Zealand
Are you planning a trip to New Zealand and you are absolutely committed to choose a destination that align with your goal? The fact is that there are many places in New Zealand with environmental impact of a sustainable initiative to check out. However, New Zealand is the only terrestrial evidence of “Zeelandia,” a predominantly submerged continent around half the size of neighbouring Australia. Resident and Visitors have nature play area in there doorstep. Range from sub-tropical, rainforests, alpine ranges and vast glacial lakes in the south. There is nothing but an eco-adventure and a holistic environment every you turn with so much at your disposal. I’ve narrowed down some of my favorite ecotourism destinations in New Zealand Below.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3,000 metres including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.
The spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook visitor centre introduces visitors from all over the world to the wonders of the national park. The visitor centre building is an attraction in itself, featuring a large picture window looking out to the mountain Aoraki. You can easily spend half a day exploring the artwork collection, interpretation exhibits and watching DVDs about the area.
Information on the walks, attractions and activities in the park and local environs. An intentions system provided for climbers and trampers to sign in when they enter and leave Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Great New Zealand retail products available.
They are the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. Their vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth | Kāore he wāhi i tua atu i a Aotearoa, hei wahi noho i te ao. Their vision means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living their history.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and is regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world. Many who complete the 19.4-kilometer journey will tell you the climbs can be steep and the weather unpredictable, though worth it in every aspect. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is located in the Tongariro National Park – New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu ensure the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered a world-renowned trek.
Although beautiful, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, can be dangerous if you are not fully prepared to enter an alpine environment. Extreme weather, terrain and distance have resulted in this track having the highest number of search and rescues for hikers in New Zealand. This video, produced by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, takes you through the entire track and shows you how to prepare for a successful day out so that you make it home safely. Visitors are strongly recommended to not park their vehicles at either end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but park and ride with licensed operators from the townships nearby such as National Park Village & Whakapapa Village. There is a 4-hour parking restriction in place at both the Mangatepopo and Ketetahi road ends to allow for those doing shorter walks. However, for those hiking the entire Tongariro Alpine Crossing, shuttle operators, which are approved by the Department of Conservation, will not only provide timely shuttle transport but also provide expert safety knowledge on the walk and the weather . They will also provide back-up should you suffer a mishap during the day.
In the winter months, from May to October, snow and ice covers much of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track. If you are experienced in hiking with crampons and ice axe and in alpine terrain, you can trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing during these months. Read more about the experience of hiking Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter here. Without alpine experience, a guided trip is recommended. A guided trip can be booked with one of these local and experienced companies operating from nearby National Park Village: Adrift Tongariro Guiding and Adventure Outdoors Tongariro.
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area. Thousands of years in the making and nestled within a natural bush setting, walks through this unique geothermal area take between 30 and 75 minutes. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts to heights of up to 20 metres. Features include the world famous Champagne Pool and Sinter Terrace as well as hot springs, steaming ground, expansive vistas and huge geothermal craters. The constant bubbling and erupting of the Mud Pool add to your experience at New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal attraction.
Trip Advisor calls Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland ‘one of the most surreal places on earth’ so naturally it’s high on the list of Rotorua’s must-see attractions. A place to marvel at nature’s artistic splendour, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is also committed to providing a safe visitor experience.
Whakaari / White Island
Whakaari / White Island () is an active andesite stratovolcano situated 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. The island covers an area of approximately 325 ha (800 acres), which is only the peak of a much larger submarine volcano.
The island is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, and has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years. The nearest mainland towns are Whakatane and Tauranga. The island has been in a nearly continuous stage of releasing volcanic gas at least since it was sighted by James Cook in 1769. Whakaari erupted continually from December 1975 until September 2000, marking the world’s longest historic eruption episode, according to GeoNet, and also in 2012, 2016, and 2019.
Sulphur was mined on the island until the 1930s. Ten miners were killed in 1914 when part of the crater wall collapsed. The main activities on the island now include guided tours and scientific research. Access to the island is allowed only as a member of a tour run by a registered tour operator.
A large eruption occurred at 14:11 on 9 December 2019, which resulted in 22 fatalities, including two people who were missing and ruled to be dead by a coroner.[ Twenty-five survivors were seriously injured, many critically and suffering severe burns. Three survivors suffered minor injuries. Forty-seven people were reportedly on the island when it erupted. A second eruption closely followed the first.
Fiordland National Park
Fiordland National Park occupies the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. It is by far the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand, with an area of 12,607 square kilometres (4,868 sq mi), and a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. The park is administered by the Department of Conservation. Almost 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) of Fiordland were set aside as a national reserve in 1904, following suggestions by then-future Prime Minister Thomas Mackenzie and Southland Commissioner of Crown Lands, John Hay that the region should be declared a national park.
The area had already become a destination for trampers, following the opening up of the Milford Track from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound in 1889 by New Zealand explorers Quintin McKinnon and Donald Sutherland (explorer), which received significant publicity from a 1908 article in the London Spectator describing it as the “Finest Walk in the World”
The Fiordland “public reserve” was created as a park administered by the Department of Lands and Survey – in practical terms similar to a National Park. The only two officially named “national parks” in New Zealand at the time, Tongariro National Park and Egmont National Park, were administered by park boards. Consolidation of the management of these parks led to the National Parks Act of 1952, which brought Fiordland National Park into the fold, formally making it the third National Park in New Zealand.
The park’s protected area includes all of the islands along its coast as well as the remote Solander Islands. Although the park’s seaward-boundary is at the mean high water mark, a total of ten adjoining marine reserves protect large areas of water in several of the fiords. The most recent expansion of Fiordland National Park was the 1999 addition of the 482 square kilometres (186 sq mi) Waitutu Forest. Possible future additions are Big Bay, parts of the Livingston/Eglinton Ranges, and the Dean/Rowallan catchment area.