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Environmental & Social Sustainability

We strive to achieve environmental and social sustainability for all our tours.

TIME Unlimited Tours strives to achieve environmental and social sustainability for all our tours. These New Zealand Tours include Auckland Tours and Private Tours around the Auckland region and throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand). Following consideration of the importance of environmental sustainability and a commitment to benefit the Auckland region and our people, we have decided to implement any steps that assist environmental and social sustainability for our guided tours around the Auckland region. 

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.8 million people. It is the largest Polynesian city in the world, which is blessed with beautiful surroundings and several amazing parks and many other places that have local, national and international significance. The various Regional Parks around Auckland have beautiful scenery, forests, black and white sand beaches, unique wildlife and many scenic places that are worth preserving for future generations. 

TIME Unlimited Tours are committed to continually improve our environmental and social sustainability performance. Our Environmental Approach can best be described with our Environmental Policy

Learn more about our commitment to the Tiaki Promise.

The following are some of our many additional initiatives in working toward sustainable practices, educating our visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation:
  1. Use of various tour locations and restriction of numbers on tours (small personal groups) used in planning tours to reduce environmental impact/footprint in each location;
  2. Educating our clients via safety and environmental briefing on each tour. To enhance awareness about sustainability issues and environmental considerations - includes encouragement to pick up others’ discarded rubbish;
  3. Always ensure clients are aware of keeping to designated tracks, no disturbing of flora or fauna, safe toileting practices, NZ bush code, not disturbing wildlife, etc… To ensure we preserve the environment to leave it as we found it (or better);
  4. We turn off any unused electrical or home office equipment and seek to place on powersave any regularly used items to ensure we look at energy efficiency options;
  5. Use energy efficient lighting options like ecobulbs when possible. We opt for eco-friendly products or services if they are available (i.e. Cartridge world offers recycled printer cartridges);
  6. Recycle printing cartridges - see above;
  7. Changed from disposal bags to reusable boxes for snack-packs; we do not use any disposal items to minimise waste;
  8. Purchase of new eco-water bottles for clients which are made from vegetable oils, not standard oil based raw materials. Minimise waste and to ensure we are giving away items that are in line with our environmental practices;
  9. Sponsorship of various community organisations to support environmental initiatives that are within our business budget and best-fit with our business ideals;
  10. Support local businesses wherever possible;
  11. Our Auckland Maori Tours and Maori TIME events benefit local communities with social and economic benefits. Also reduction in travel-related environmental impact by working locally;
  12. More water efficient vehicle and gear washdown options;
  13. All materials are locally produced and sourced where possible to support local businesses and ensure we understand where our raw materials are sourced;
  14. Use only genuine NZ made products where possible (e.g. Paua products fully made and produced in NZ). Client and partner gifts are locally produced from reputable suppliers;
  15. Marketing material is designed to be printed on environmentally responsible paper;
  16. We attempt to maximise our use of electronic communications. We ensure paperless options are first choice like sending documents via email and using USB to transfer large documents. This reduces need for paper printing and postage costs;
  17. We commit to ongoing training and development in areas of safety, risk and environmental management (i.e. mountain safety, First Aid, etc… This is our commitment to ongoing self education and business excellence;
  18. Where possible we avoid unnecessary air travel to reduce carbon emissions;
  19. We seek to minimise the distance we need to commute. We also consider telecommuting and skyping as options to reduce the need to travel to reduce carbon emissions;
  20. We regularly have our vehicles serviced to maximise fuel efficiency;
  21. Some home based options we use are: 
    • Recycle paper, cardboard, aluminium and steel cans, plastic, glass bottles, milk containers and toner cartridges. 
    • Don't use paper or plastic cups, wooden stirrers or plastic spoons. Crockery and cutlery can be used over again. 
    • Select products with minimal packaging. 
    • Refuse to take plastic bags when buying goods.
  22. Seek out partner organisations that also value the environment and Biodiversity. Working with quality and like-minded organisations helps to spread the message that we look for and expect quality from our industry partners too.