When we started in the outdoor adventure business, like many idealistic environmental types we wanted to create a workplace that resonated with our own values, and we also wanted to save the world. We are pretty happy where we are with the first goal, while the second is still … a work in progress. One small step, at least, was our founding in 1998 of a fund to support research into New Zealand wildlife. Through it, our desire to put something back into conservation became a reality. Each year we make a substantial donation to support many conservation initiatives.
Over the years, we have donated almost $100,000 to help various New Zealand wildlife projects, but we like to think that what happens out there on our trips is at least as important. We awaken a whole lot of people to the simple but unmatchable satisfaction that comes from being active in the wilderness, and we bring people from so many cultures and countries together. Through their shared enjoyment of our trips, they are all reminded of what actually matters, to them and to each other. Many of our customers have formed enduring lifelong friendships across cultures and the globe, and there’s even been a few marriages that had their genesis on one of our trips!
Arthurs’s Pass Wildlife Trust is a non-profit volunteer organisation in a small township in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand.
At the beginning of 2016 we became a corporate member of ‘Project Island Song’. This is a partnership between a community conservation group, local Maori (Rawhiti hapu and Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation. The vision is for ecosystems restoration in the Bay Of Islands.
The Mauao Area Wildlife Trust are a small army of volunteers set up as a trust to initially study the little blue penguin populations. We were impressed with their passion and dedication and donated around $1000 for various equipment such as robust head-torches (for the workers not the penguins), an ID radio tagger and various things that the bigger funders won’t help them with (fuel and batteries).
The New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust is a world-class, research driven organisation committed to the conservations of New Zealand’s whales and dolphins. Hiking New Zealand donated over $75,000 to the trust over many years. New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust.