Our sustainability story
We’re committed to putting social and environmental sustainability at the heart of our business. When you come here, this makes perfect sense considering the outstanding environment. The Park’s natural features are a major draw card for visitors from around New Zealand and the world to enjoy the spectacular Christchurch Port Hills.
The sustainable and sensitive use of our environment is a vital component of our operations. We have procedures and practices in place to ensure that each decision we make has a minimal impact on our incredible landscape and local community.
In 2017 a deliberately lit fire roared through the Christchurch Adventure Park and surrounding areas wiping out homes and huge tracks of native and commercial forestry – altering our landscape and its operation significantly. In the Park logging operations removed all the burned and hazardous trees, and now the forest has since been completely replanted in radiata pine.
We support the Te Tapuwae o Rakau Trust whose aim is to re-plant over 10 million native trees on the Port Hills, which were destroyed in the fire. We kicked-off the fundraising drive by hosting the ‘Treemendous Dinner’, a fundraising dinner that raised enough money for the Trust to purchase approximately 1,200 native plants.
We encourage and regularly host corporate teams, schools and other community groups to participate in native tree planting in the park, and we grow our own fresh herbs and vegetables in our veggie patch for use when supply allows in our cafe.
We have installed two Electric Vehicle chargers in the Park carpark, that Park visitors can use for free. This is great for locals, but we have also done this to support tourism industry moves to ensure that EV chargers are accessible in many of the country’s top tourist spots so that an EV road-trip is a realistic option in New Zealand.
We used recycled materials in the construction of our village, including the floorboards from an old basketball court in our Café. Biodegradable takeaway cups and papers straws are standard issue in our café and we encourage staff and guests to use their own reusable cups. Large recycling bins feature around the park and customers are encouraged to take litter out of the park with them.
All our coffee grounds and food scraps are composted, and we recycle all glass, cans, plastic, cooking oil and paper products.
In 2019, the Park attained Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award. This recognises our commitment to and focus on continuously improving social and environmental performance ensuring our guests enjoy a genuine, constantly improving sustainable tourism experience.
New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment
Christchurch Adventure Park has adopted the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, an initiative driven by Tourism Industry Aotearoa. This initiative aims to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025 with the vision of “Leading the World in Sustainable Tourism”. To deliver on this, we must achieve our economic goals while sharing the overwhelming benefits with supportive host communities, contributing to restoring, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high quality destination of choice for domestic and international travellers.