Take nothing but photos, leaving nothing but footprints – plant a native tree – house a weka

Eco Wanaka is very conscious and proud of our unique and pristine environment around Wanaka and Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage area, with the Golden Rule of “Taking nothing but Photos, leaving nothing but Footprints.”

The exception to this rule is our Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, where with agreement with the Department of Conservation allows our guests an exclusive and unique opportunity to plant a Native Tree as part of their eco-experience on this introduced predator free island on each trip.

The Trees planted originally at this agreement’s inception, are already providing food to the varied species on the island, including the Buff Weka, a rare flightless bird, extinct on mainland New Zealand.

Our guests are happy to contribute in a “Hands on” way to NZ’s conservation, creating a “win-win” situation for all concerned, and, by planting a Tree, we improve the island with every trip.

This Project has been coordinated initially by Eco Wanaka, Department of Conservation, Sustainable Wanaka, and initially funded by Edgewater Resort. Te Kakano Charitable Trust manages this fund for donations toward the next tree.

We are honoured to win the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s “Heart of the District” Award in 2007, and Finalist in the Department of Conservation Awards for our conservation efforts in 2008.

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