How we care for our environment

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Native Planting  - Project Started in 2012

Mark and the Ridgeline team during a recent planting session at their reserve on the shore of Lake Wanaka

Our philosophy is to ensure our incredible natural environment is improved for future generations.  With this in mind we have joined forces with Wanaka's Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust a community based non-profit Native Plant Nursery and the Queenstown Lakes District Council to replant native trees/shrubs along a very special section of Lake Wanaka's shoreline- surrounding the Mt Aspiring lookout at Glendhu Bay.

As this will be an ongoing project we feel this is doing what we can to go someway to help offset our carbon emissions created by our vehicles plus every person who travels with us will be directly helping as a percentage of each booking will go towards purchasing plants for this project.

Everyone that comes to Wanaka is touched by it's natural beauty so this is a chance for those that choose to travel with us to give something back to the Wanaka community.

We pass by our planting area on each safari so there will be opportunities to help plant and water as and when required so everyone gets to see where their money is going.

Predator Control Programme - Started 2016

The Matukituki Animal Pest Control Project was initiated in 2014 to provide a more strategic, coordinated and integrated approach to animal predator control within the Matukituki Valley Catchment, near Wanaka. 

 The project covers an area of 40,000 ha and comprises 4 local conservation trusts , Department of Conservation, several landowners and tourism operators.   The key primary objectives for the project are to protect the lower and mid altitude important ecosystems, so as to sustain a healthy environment and to maintain and increase the population of the significant native species within those ecosystems, with the focus on avi fauna. 

Ridgeline Adventures approached us in early 2016 indicating they would like to be involved as a way for them and their customers to give back, representing their commitment to the Tiaki of the Wanaka community.

Mark checking a stoat trap.  Photo Credit  Geoff Marks

 We assisted in installing 31 traps along their routes they travel through West Wanaka Station during their safaris.  Ridgeline is responsible for clearing and re-baiting traps. They include trap checking in all their tours providing not only a valuable contribution to our goals but also serving as a great “hands-on” platform to educate their guests  to the plight of our native birds, getting them thinking about what they could be doing in their own communities. A further commitment to the Kaitiakitanga of NZ as a whole.

Paul Hellebrekers

Project Coordinator

Matukituki Animal Pest Control Project