Sustainable tourism practices are growing on the West Coast as ‘Coasters’ work to preserve the natural environment and share its beauty without compromise. Eco lodges throughout the region are part of this movement.
Luxury accommodation Birds Ferry Lodge, in Charleston, has a Qualmark enviro-gold rating for environmental sustainability. While the owners’ keen environmental focus ranges from energy efficiency policies to supply chain management, the retreat’s lack of television, landline and clocks means guests have a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, inside the Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand world heritage site, is a paradise for nature lovers. The owners, actively involved in protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage, are an example of how nature tourism can create employment and boost small communities.