Environmental and Sustainable Policies
and Practices

At  Villa Te Soro we recognise that we have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to maintaining the integrity of our beautiful unique environment, by endeavouring wherever possible to maintain policies and practices that support those ideals. 

We are commited to reviewing our operations on a regular basis, looking for ways to improve our performances. To this end we welcome your feed back at any time.

The following procedures are currently implemented:

  • Small Recycling bins are provided in rooms and larger bins are outside to encorage the recycling of plastics, cardbooard, paper, bottles and tins.
  • All bin liners are Home compostable and Biodegradable
  • Vegetable and recyclable food scraps are processed in compost/ greenwaste bins or down waste deposal unit
  • Bathroom toiletries are sustainably produced and only contain natural ingredience and are bio degradable . All packaging is recyclable.
  • Refillable containers are used where possible
  • All cleaning products and cloths are produced by Norwex.   www.norwex.com
  • Linen is changed every three days and towels are changed every two days for longer term guests or when requested by our guests
  • Security lights are controlled by timers
  • Energy LED lights are fitted to every room
  • We buy from local producers and use all local trades people

We support the Forest and bird association by subscribing to their magazine www.forestandbird.org.nz and for each guest $5.00 is donated to Trees that Count www.treesthatcount.co.nz

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New Zealand Eco Friendly Travel Guide

New Zealand is a beautiful country. Help keep our towns, cities, parks, beaches, and native bush free from pollution and waste. Please also respect our unique flora and fauna. Be active and get involved in caring for the environment. It is everyone’s responsibility.

Here are some tips on how to be eco-wise and leave gentle footprints when travelling in New Zealand.

Waste Friendly

Litter-free places are healthy places. Waste is hazardous if disposed of incorrectly and can attract pests and disease. Reduce the amount of waste you make and dispose of it responsibly.

Don’t Litter

  • Always put all your rubbish in the bin provided or take it away with you when you leave.

Reuse and Recycle

  • Reuse plastic bags or try not to use them at all.
  • Seek out recycling centres for paper, glass, plastic and cans.
  • Ask your local i-SITE for the nearest recycling station.
  • Reuse your water bottles.

Dispose of Waste Sensibly

  • Only use a designated dump station
  • Get a list of dump stations from the i-SITE.

Water Friendly

Lakes, rivers, beaches, and harbours are our treasures and also the habitat of many plants, fish and bird species. When enjoying our waterways, please be sure to keep them free of rubbish, spills and introduced species, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come. You can help by:

  • Washing your gear between waterways to prevent the spread of unwanted pests like didymo (freshwater algae)

Water is a precious resource, and many New Zealand towns and cities experience water shortages during the summer months. You can help by:

  • Using water sparingly
  • Taking shorter showers

Energy Friendly

Using less energy helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in our air. This is because less fossil fuels are being burnt to produce electricity. You can help by:

  • Switching off your electrical equipment when not in use
  • Turning off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Asking tourism operators about their environmentally friendly practices

Travel Friendly

Around 20 percent of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transport. You can help reduce this and save fuel by:

  • Walking and cycling instead of driving.
  • Using public transport
  • Reducing your speed on the open road
  • Switching off your engine when stopped
  • Choosing to buy or hire a fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • Offsetting your emissions by buying individual carbon credits. Check out the carboNZero Household Calculator

Travel safely

  • New Zealand’s weather changes rapidly, so be prepared.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Be fire wise—observe fire bans and always check before lighting fires.
  • Ask your local Department of Conservation visitor centre or i-SITE for safety information and advice.

Web Friendly

For more useful links see:

Department of Conservation – Environmental care code

NZ Mountain Safety Council – Outdoor Safety

New Zealand Police – Visitor Safety

New Zealand Fire Service

Maritime Safety

MetService – NZ’s national meteorological service

Tourism NZ – 100% pure New Zealand

NZ Transport Agency – What’s different about driving in New Zealand

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