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Environmental & Social Sustainability on our Auckland Tours, Maori Tours, Private Auckland and New Zealand Tours, plus Auckland Shore Excursions

Following consideration of the importance of environmental sustainability and a commitment to be a benefit to the community, TIME Unlimited Tours is committed to strive to achieve environmental and social sustainability for all our tours.  These include Auckland Tours and Private Tours further afield but close to the Auckland region to places such as Rotorua, Waitomo, the Bay of Islands and the Coromandel.  Following consideration of the importance of environmental sustainability and a commitment to be a benefit to 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 New Zealand’s largest city and 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.

The following are some of our many additional initiatives in our striving to be a model company working toward sustainable practices, educating our visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation (PLEASE NOTE: This text and the entire content of our website is subject to copyright!):
  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 and throughout each tour – including information to take out more rubbish than we have generated. 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 As a home based business, where our purchasing decisions can be made 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 This further reduces water use 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). We have had to arrange client and partner gifts and have ensured we got these locally produced from reputable suppliers;
  15. All brochure printing on sustainable paper. 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 to walk the talk;
  18. Where possible we holiday locally and 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. We also use our air conditioning sparingly to to reduce carbon emissions;
  21. Some home based options we use are to:
    • 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.
    • Take our own bags to the supermarket.
    • 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.
Please also check out our pages on:
Cultural Heritage and Protocols
Biodiversity Conservation
Environmental Policy
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What our customers say:
Your Auckland Tour was the best day out we have had. Great tour with lots of interesting info from someone who was more like a friend than a tour guide. Thank you very much!
Neill Sperath
TIME Unlimited Tours
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Neill Sperath is a passionate New Zealander by choice. He is of Irish and German descent and has become a proud New Zealander and a New Zealand citizen since relocating from Europe many years ago, after falling in love with New Zealand and Ceillhe. Previous to that he lived mainly in Ireland and Germany and is well travelled, having visited over 50 countries so far. Before coming to New Zealand Neill managed several large shopping centres in Europe.
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