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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.

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.

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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New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment

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.

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.

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.

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