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Tips for practicing sustainable tourism
Sustainability is very important to us here at Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park. We’re always thinking about the impacts of our actions now and in the future—and any new purchase, upgrade or refurbishment we make is done after careful consideration, a lot of research and plenty of advice from the experts! Rotorua is a special part of the world and we believe all residents and visitors have a duty to keep it that way—and the same rule applies no matter where in the world you are travelling. If you’ve been thinking about how you can help do your bit, here are some simple actions you can take on your Rotorua holiday and any other upcoming trips to look after the environment and support local communities.
Research your destination
Take the time to understand the unique environment you’ll be exploring before you set off. Familiarise yourself with designated conservation areas and heritage sites and take extra special care when visiting these areas. Find out how you can best support the local economy too, whether it’s by shopping at the local markets or utilising a small, family-owned tour company to complement your experience.
Minimise your carbon footprint – stay in one place and walk/cycle/use pub transport
Avoid flying to your holiday destination if possible. Instead, try escaping somewhere closer to home and staying for a while rather than taking a road trip across the country. Once you’ve arrived, you can reduce your carbon emissions and do your bit for climate change by walking and cycling instead of using your car, or taking public transport whenever possible. If you need to hire a car, try an electric vehicle or a hybrid.
Invest in reusables
There's a high chance there wont be a lot of home cooking going on while you’re on holiday, so prepare for eating on the go by investing in some reusable cutlery, a metal straw and a keep cup – and don’t forget to take them with you when heading out and about! If you plan to pick up some souvenirs, take a reusable shopping bag with you too.
Conserve energy and waste
Try to practice the same environmentally friendly habits you would at home. Switch off lights and other power sources when they’re not in use and stick to short showers whenever possible. If you’re planning on camping, use cooler bags and bins to keep perishables cold instead of a portable fridge that needs a power source. Think about camping at a time of year when the climate is mild too. This way, you won’t need to worry about heating or cooling your tent.
Choose the right accommodation
Do your research and choose accommodation providers that are accredited for their dedication to sustainability – and proud of it too! Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park is the only holiday park in Rotorua to wear the Qualmark EnviroSilver seal of approval, demonstrating our commitment to protecting people and the planet. We have an extensive list of actions we have taken to reduce waste, energy use and water use and we encourage you to seek out this type of information before you make your holiday accommodation booking.