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DQ32564 Queenstown Cares logo update RGBQueenstown is renowned around the world for its spectacular scenery, outstanding landscapes and natural attractions. From our majestic mountains to our crystal clear lakes, our environment is the stage for all that we do.

This enviable environment combined with the natural species and resources, are at the forefront of every visitor experience in Queenstown and are core to what makes our destination so special. We recognise the significance of our pristine natural environment to the tourism industry and the importance of sustainable environmental practices.

Queenstown Cares aims to connect people to our environment and showcase initiatives that have been put in place to safeguard the future of our landscapes.

Here you’ll find out more about what our community is doing to sustain our environment.

Conservation at Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a five-acre wildlife sanctuary for native New Zealand animals. All animals at the park are part of a managed conservation programme which currently involves over 20 native species.

Sofitel Queenstown is taking Planet 21 one step further

Sofitel Queenstown is signed up to Accor’s global sustainability project Planet 21 which ensures Accor hotels operate in such a way as to limit their impact on the environment, promote the health and wellbeing of their guests, strive for positive...

Millbrook's Environmental Group Making Headway

In early 2019, the team at Millbrook decided to take action to reduce the impact that the resort has on the environment and local area, working towards creating a more sustainable future for the operation. Thus, Millbrook's Environmental Group was...

Biodiversity, sustainability and The Chef's Garden at Gibbston Valley Winery

In 2014, Gibbston Valley Winery made their first step towards a more environmentally friendly future in having the original Home Block vineyard certified organic by BioGro New Zealand. Since then, the winery has continued to grow their efforts in environmentalism,...

The Rees Queenstown beehives

The Rees Queenstown's birds and the bees

What does independently owned, local Queenstown hotel The Rees have in common with the likes of Waldorf Astoria in New York, Mandarin Oriental in Paris, and the Royal Lancaster Hotel in Hyde Park? They’re all keepers of honeybees.

Sam Chapman: Creating a sustainable community

The key word behind Sam Chapman, Stephen Marr and Adam Smith’s development of The Sherwood Community Hotel was ‘experiment’. Having never operated hotels before, the team drew on one shared insight from their own travels, the idea that nobody wants...

Wakatipu Wildlife Trust Works Towards a Predator-Free Paradise

Next time you’re taking in the views on a local walking track, see if you can spot an extra large pigeon humorously balancing on a delicate tree branch. It is the kereru, one of New Zealand’s wondrous bird species.

Be inspired by Queenstowners making a difference

Behind the bustling town and jaw-dropping views of Queenstown you’ll find a community of proud, hard-working people doing incredible things.

Rope swing eco activity in Queenstown New Zealand on the water activities

Low Impact Activities for Conscious Travellers

Looking after Queenstown’s landscapes while visiting can be as simple as choosing some low-impact activities. Getting out into the wilderness and treading lightly along the way go hand in hand! Check out these suggestions…

Camp Glenorchy’s Commitment to Sustainability

Aiming to set new standards for sustainably-designed guest accommodation in New Zealand, Camp Glenorchy’s mission is clear; to educate, inspire and delight visitors and guests.

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