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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

NZ Tourism Sustainability Commitment
Qualmark Silver Rated
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Eco news from our blog

Green travel, Waiheke style

Green travel, Waiheke style

Green travel. Sustainable travel. Eco-tourism. Whatever you call it, the trend is growing, and Waiheke Island is a perfect place to do it. Here are some green travel tips.

Working together to protect Waiheke Island birds

Working together to protect Waiheke Island birds

When you join us for a guided walk, we’ll explain some of the projects that are part of Te Korowai o Waiheke, an island-wide project that aims to make Waiheke the first urban predator-free island in the world.