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Five ways to reduce your plastic consumption in Queenstown

When you are not in your usual routine, falling asleep in one place and waking up in another, convenience can be particularly appealing. However, there are plenty of easy ways you can reduce your plastic use without over-complicating things on...

Mayor Jim Boult - new electric bikes

E-Bikes Collecting City Rubbish and Recycling

In a New Zealand first - two electric bikes (e-bikes) are set to collect rubbish and recycling from public litter bins in the Queenstown town centre throughout the summer months.

Remarkables Market

Remarkables Market: a journey to becoming NZ's first zero waste market

Over the last three years, the Remarkables Market has been on a journey with a seemingly simple purpose; to be New Zealand's first zero waste market.

Environmental Group Millbrook

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...

Sofitel Queenstown Tree Planting

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...

Kiwi at the Kiwi Birdlife Park

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.

 Gibbston Valley Winery Chefs Garden

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,...

Sam Chapman, Sherwood Queenstown

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...

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.

lton Queenstown participates in Soap Aid

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.

Aerial view over the Wakatipu Basin

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.

View from the Remarkables road

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.

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