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Treading Lightly Enviromental Mission earns Fiordland Lodge Enviro Gold
Here at Fiordland Lodge our Treading Lightly Environmental Mission is to operate our business in a manner that is consistent with our natural setting.
We provide visitors to this cherished corner of the world with a lodging option that is right at the edge of the Fiordland National Park.
"Where mountains and valleys compete with each other for room, where scale is almost beyond comprehension, rainfall is measured in meters and scenery encompasses the broadest width of emotions".
Set in a World Heritage Area, Fiordland Lodge offers comfort and privacy to our guests, and is the perfect base from where to explore Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and the surrounding Fiordland National Park.
Fiordland Lodge was established and constructed along environmental conservation principles in 2002.
The Lodges commitment to environmental practices has evolved and is now extending to all aspects of operations related to the Lodge and its surroundings.
The Lodge Construction
Being set in a World Heritage park the environment plays a central role in the Lodge’s character.
Logs and natural stone are very compatible and the naturalness of the building materials adds a very suitable, somewhat rustic feel.
The Lodge itself was constructed in 2002 and sits on a superb rural site with rolling grasslands and has commanding views out across Lake Te Anau.
Inside the open architecture of the Lodge reflects the vastness of the Fiordland National Park and echoes of the forest are found in the striking natural timber construction.
In the lounge, a lattice work of huge log trusses soar to over thirty-six feet above and surround a large open fire, clad with local river stone.
Building with wood means you’re making a worthwhile contribution to improving the overall environmental performance of the building.
Choosing wood reduces the use of energy and “resource greedy” materials and processes, and reduces environmental impact and helps to redress global climate change.
Douglas fir was chosen as one of the primary building materials at an early stage of building Fiordland Lodge.
Statement of Environmental Initiatives
Fiordland Lodge recognizes that as a company we have a responsibility to the environment, customers, suppliers and staff and are therefore committed to increasing awareness and implementing the best possible environmental practices in all aspects of our business, including:
- product sourcing
- waste disposal
This commitment is echoed throughout all levels of our business and together we will continue to improve our environmental policy.
Designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment, Fiordland Lodge utilizes local businesses and all of our guides and full time employees are from the surrounding area.
We maintain an extensive vegetable garden, and also support our local environmental organizations.
We are situated in a semi remote location, close to the Fiordland National Park but we do not sacrifice luxury or comfort.
We have preserved as much native vegetation surrounding our property as possible enhancing and conserving the local ecology.
An easy care landscaping design gives a touch of native species with large red tussocks blowing in the wind and flowering flaxes attracting native honeyeaters.
We have reincorporated trees and shrubs that will encourage birds and other wildlife to nest and rest here.
Our facility was designed and planned carefully. All of our appliances are modern and all our electrical appliances are audited regularly for their energy efficiency.
We avoid using bleach or other harmful chemicals and all of our soaps and detergents are free of animal fats.
The biggest challenge facing a lodge in such a location is how to deal with all of the water borne waste, before it is discharged into the environment, in an ecologically friendly way.
Your health and safety is important to us, and with this in mind, our system was designed by career professionals, experts in their field of interest and environmental conservation.
Developed in 1982 in Australia our system is a compact, aerated wastewater treatment system.
These systems are in use in Alaska, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and elsewhere.
This system biologically treats all wastewater from the Lodge on site in a six chamber fully contained system.
A clean, clear filtered and odorless effluent is discharged into the drain field, and is easily assimilated into the earth.
For a full description of our Enviromental practices please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiordland Lodge provides visitors with the opportunity to see and experience a truly remarkable part of New Zealand while staying in a comfortable and unique, eco-friendly lodge.
Fiordland Lodge is a full-service lodge We are situated in a semi remote location, close to the Fiordland National Park but we do not sacrifice luxury or comfort.
We are proud to share this location and lifestyle with our guests and to be able to offer an alternative and unique accommodation option away from the chaos of everyday life.
We invite you to visit our lodge over-looking lake Te Anau on the edge of the Fiordland National Park.
Do visit www.fiordlandlodge.co.nz for more information and bookings.
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