31 best things to do in the central North Island
Dominated by the enormous Lake Taupō and a trio of volcanoes including Mount Ruapehu, the Central Plateau is sporting a plethora of natural ...
Take only photos and leave only footprints – it’s an oldie but a goodie. New Zealand is famous for the beauty of its scenery, so make sure you’re doing your part to preserve the landscape for the next traveller.
Protecting New Zealand’s environment starts at the border, with biosecurity checks to prevent pests and diseases entering the ecosystem. Make sure you do your bit and fill out the forms accurately. When you’re travelling around the country, look for ways to be an eco-friendly traveller. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle for road trips – or use public transport if you can. And when you’re selecting your accommodation, choosing from hotels and motels that have Qualmark accreditation ensures that you’re supporting operators who try to minimise environmental harm. Eating locally is easy in New Zealand! With so much beautiful, fresh produce to choose from, you won’t have to worry about food miles for a moment. In supermarkets, look for food origin labelling on fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood. For really local food, pick up supplies at a farmers’ market.
Help keep New Zealand beautiful by choosing green options whenever possible. Share your rental vehicle with a group or use public transport; keep an eye out for Qualmark accreditation when choosing tour operators and accommodation; clear up your rubbish at camping spots – be a tidy Kiwi! Hiking is a great option – it offers you a close encounter with the landscape and doesn’t use any petrol. On the trail, stick to designated tracks to protect fragile plants and wildlife, and keep showers short and to the point (or go skinny dipping instead – but remember, no soap in rivers and lakes!).