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Sustainable Management

Click here to read our Statement of Sustainable Actions

Here at Waimangu Volcanic Valley we operate from the following fundamentals to achieve Sustainable Management:
  • We have a clear long term VISION for our enterprise.
  • We have a long term PLAN that has been robustly consulted with and endorsed by all stakeholders in the enterprise.
  • The Vision and Plan must cover all FINANCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL and CULTURAL issues as they relate to our enterprise.
Our Vision
For Waimangu Volcanic Valley Ltd to be New Zealand’s leading Eco Tourism Destination

“We do not inherit our land from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
 


Financial
The implementation has been done in small “bite sized” pieces and, where ever possible, carried out by our own staff. This means that our financial risk has been minimized and our staff has high ownership of the plan and its development.



Social
As well as caring for and enhancing the Waimangu Eco System, we also work alongside our local community and our industry.

We offer free admission and interpretation for local schools visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Our CEO was appointed to the Rotorua Bright Economy Board which advises the Regional Government on the Rotorua region’s future sustainable development.

We are founder members (and CEO chairman since 1998) of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter, an association of local tourism operators committed to sustainable development and the first Charter of its kind in New Zealand.

All our community work is done for no financial reward.



Cultural
At all times we have consulted with, and acknowledged our links to, Tanga Te Whenua (People of the Land), and the history of Waimangu. These friendships have given rise to an innovative partnership for the environmental restoration of a small island, amongst other benefits for all parties. Our staff are proud of their “Kiwi Hospitality” – warm, sharing, welcoming and knowledgeable.



Environment
Our environmental work goes beyond the sustainable use of resources (water, energy, land and materials). Voluntarily, and at our own cost, we undertake environmental restoration work and pest eradication on land outside of our leasehold.



Our Awards
2004
NZ Tourism Awards - Innovation in Eco Tourism
Bay of Plenty SUPREME Sustainable Business Award
Bay of Plenty Sustainable Business Awards - Medium sized business
NZ Sustainable Business Awards - Highly commended

2003
NZ Tourism Awards - Innovation in Eco Tourism
Bay of Plenty Sustainable Business Awards - Medium sized business
NZ Sustainable Business Awards - Third place - Medium sized business

2002
NZ Tourism Awards - Highly Commended
NZ Eco Tourism award
NZ Service to the Environment Award

2001
NZ Tourism Awards - NZ Eco Tourism Award
NZ Service to the Environment Award

1999
Rotorua Best Visitor Business Award
Rotorua SUPREME Business of the Year Award


Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activiy    

Visitor Options & Prices
Take a self-guided walk or hike around this amazing volcanic valley, join our popular lake boat cruise, or book one of three guided tours.
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