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our environment

In the 1990’s the Kaikoura District Council and the community realised that the growth in visitor numbers was beginning to have effects on the natural environment and the local infrastructure. Together they decided to adopt a sustainable approach to growth in the district. A programme now known as the Earthcheck Sustainable Destinations programme was adopted to help measure the community’s environmental impacts.


When you are out and about use the public recycling bins located through out the town. Visit our Resource Recovery Centre where you can recycle, dispose and shop at the recycle centre.

select enviromental products and resellers

Support suppliers that use less packaging and offer biodegradable alternatives. Say no to plastic and buy one of our eco bags. Shop locally and support our small businesses. Conserve resources eg. use water sparingly and turn lights off when not required.

support trees for travellers

Purchase a native tree which will be planted in Kaikoura as a lasting memento of your visit and will make a positive contribution to the environment.

respect the ocean

Do not leave litter of any sort. Use the public toilets. Follow fish quotas and size limits. Keep your distance from marine mammals and remember they are wild animals not pets.

A sustainable community

Kaikoura is the first community in New Zealand and second in the world to achieve Benchmark status in 2002 and certification status in 2004 through the EarthCheck program. EarthCheck, is the world’s only truly global tourism certification standard and arose from the principles of Agenda 21 (the United Nations action for climate change). It aspires to be a system that responds to the major environmental problems facing the planet as well as seeking to achieve -environmental , social and cultural improvements at a global, national and international level.
EarthCheck is the “umbrella” under which our environment initiatives take place, the following are examples of initiatives occurring in Kaikoura. In some cases these have been taking place for a number of years, EarthCheck providing a framework into which they can fit and facilitating independant auditing that identifies that Kaikoura’s community cares about its environment and is taking steps to protect it. See also Kaikoura District Council website

Our Initiatives

Zero Waste
promotion of waste minimisation within the town. more info

Energy efficiency initiatives
preventing energy from being wasted in the communit.

Community for Climate Protection
to help reduce carbon emissions.

Trees for Travellers
planting in Kaikoura to off set the greenhouse gas emissions produced. more info

Lyell Creek Stream Care Group
to protect and improve waterways around Kaikoura.

Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura
Standing for local leadership about the use and protection of our marine environment. more info

Kaikoura Marine & Coastal Protection Society
Working to reduce over fishing.

Biodiversity project
supporting the expansion of the indigenous biodiversity of the district.

Working with business
Kaikoura’s business community is committed to the concept of a sustainable future.

Trash to Fashion Show
promoting the ideals of recycling and waste minimisation.

International conservation working holiday
nternational conservation holidays are organised to assist the completion of local conservation projects.

Fantastic no Plastic
Say no to a plastic shopping bag. Kaikoura has a unique reusable shopping bag available for purchase to help our District