Our commitment to the environment
Walking by Nature is committed to managing and developing its business in a sustainable manner and to minimising the environmental impact of its activities.
We are also committed to actively working to conserve the unique environment that we work in.
- We minimise the use of plastic in our operations.
- We measure and minimise our carbon footprint.
- We educate our clients about conservation on Waiheke Island and in the Hauraki Gulf.
- Gabrielle Young, our founder, is Chair of Project Forever Waiheke, an organisation committed to sustainable community and tourism development on Waiheke Island.
- We actively work on conservation in our own backyard. Gabrielle started Friends of Hekerua which looks after Department of Conservation reserve and council land in the Hekerua Bay catchment. She runs a stoat-trapping and rat-baiting programme there, which is part of Te Korowai o Waiheke (Towards Predator Free Waiheke), and our team actively volunteers on this project.
- Walking by Nature has also been involved in community planting days and reforestation projects including Awaawaroa catchment to protect the giant banded Kokopu.
Photo: Tree planting at Awaararoa
Eco news from our blog
We’re getting ready to start offering daily sailing trips from Waiheke in the spring aboard our 41-foot catamaran.
As I write this we are six weeks into our COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand – and what a beautiful time it has been here on Waiheke Island – while the pandemic has, sadly, raged elsewhere.