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Queenstown Cares

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.

Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

Making a world of difference

Meet the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust and the local volunteers who run the environmental project that aims to restore our native flora.

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…

Queenstown Cares initiative about ziplining activity Ziptrek Ecotours on Bob's Peak

Ziptrek's Commitment to its Environment

When Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours says it works ‘with the forest’, it means it.

Queenstown Cares initiative about wilding pine eradication from ski area Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak's Wilding Pines Spread Christmas Cheer

Coronet Peak, one of Queenstowns ski areas, has a number of wilding pine pests to rid itself of this summer, and a new initiative benefits both the land and local community over Christmas.

How to treat Queenstown's environment and be a tidy eco traveller in New Zealand

Be a Tidy Traveller: Top 10 Tips!

In Queenstown we take great pride in our beautiful natural landscapes, and we want our visitors to take the same pride in this place. Check out these handy tips for treading lightly on Queenstown while you're here.

Queenstown Mountain Bike Club

Chain Gang: Queenstown Mountain Bike Club

Queenstown is quickly becoming a mountain biker’s paradise, partly due to the work of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club. Meet the local volunteers involved in creating and maintaining over 50 kms of trails.

cycling on the NZ Cycle Trail by Queenstown Trails Trust

Queenstown Trails Trust

The Queenstown Trail network is made up of 120 kms of stunning tracks begging to be explored. Learn more about the trails and the local initiative behind their development and maintenance.

Queenstown Hotel Initiating a Fresh Start

Have you ever wondered what happens to the used bars of soap after staying at a hotel? A Queenstown hotel has prevented tonnes of discarded soap from ending up in landfill through an international initiative.

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.

Queenstown landscape lake wakatipu

New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment

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.

Queenstown Cares initiative about Boomerang Bags in Queenstown reusable shopping bags

Boomerang Bags in Queenstown

A Queenstown group is dedicated to bringing the global concept of Boomerang Bags to the Wakatipu Basin, find out the story behind it and where to grab a bag if you need it while here.

Michael Sly, Wilding Co

A Beautiful Solution

Meet the locals behind Wilding & Co, the pioneering Kiwis determined to turn one of New Zealand’s biggest environmental problems from pest into perfume.

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