We recognise our obligation to operate tours and plan travel in a responsible and sustainable fashion. This is not only for environmental reasons but also social and economic.
We are committed to providing a more environmentally sustainable future for our beautiful country.
We believe that by following the principles of Responsible Tourism we can provide a more rewarding and interesting experience for visitors, while enhancing the well-being of the communities that are our hosts and the natural environment that we are there to experience.
The following are the key points in our Responsible Travel philosophy:
- We are committed to operating environmentally sustainable tours
- We value all natural resources in the areas in which we operate
- We have a policy of minimal impact and ideally leaving no trace of our activities behind
- We have official accreditation to operate on Department of Conservation land which demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainability
- We and our suppliers work to strict environmental guidelines on how we observe wildlife, operate walks to minimise impacts, and deal with waste
- Where possible we recycle everything we use, reducing the amount of waste we produce during tours and our own business activities
- We attempt to maximise our use of electronic communications reducing the need for paper and printing where possible
- We use recycled products and environmentally friendly cleaning products wherever possible
- We commit to ongoing training and development in areas of safety, risk and environmental management
- We provide our visitors with advice and guidelines on how to respect the social, cultural and religious beliefs of local communities.
Tiaki means ‘to care for people and place’ in Te Reo Māori.The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. The Tiaki Promise communicates why caring for New Zealand is important and how to care for Aotearoa while travelling around the country.Leisure Time Tours supports the Tiaki Promise to care for New Zealand; an initiative that actively encourages international and domestic travellers alike to experience New Zealand in a way that keeps everyone safe, protects our environment, respects our culture and protects the country for future generations.
Visitors and travellers
We encourage our visitors to play their part while travelling, to contribute to our aim to achieve a better sustainable future. Environmental impacts can be minimised with small actions such as:
- Replace your hotel bathroom towels on the towel racks daily, as an indication to housekeeping that you do not wish for your towels to be cleaned that day, saving water and reducing detergent waste.
- Place your rubbish waste into the respective waste receptacles where provided to enable the recycling, reuse and reduction of this waste. If recycling isn’t available please place your rubbish into a waste bins and don’t leave it on the ground.
- While visiting and walking Department of Conservation National Parks keep to the walking tracks provided, this prolongs the presentation and longevity of our native foliage for others to enjoy.
- Do not interfere with any wildlife that you see while out on walks in parks – these are nice to look at, but many species of birdlife and reptilians do stress very easily.
- We use modern coaches that are Euro rated to reduce carbon emissions.