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For New Zealand to ensure it has a tourism industry that people around the world want to visit, satisfy customer expectations and leave them wanting to come back again, it needs to have high quality tourism operators, products and services that are sustainable.  Being sustainable helps keep businesses and the whole industry well maintained and make sure they keep running long term.  One way to get this is to set high standards for tourism operators that they must meet in order to be sustainably certified.  “Qualmark, is the New Zealand tourism industry’s official quality assurance agency”, (Tourism New Zealand, 2016).

NZski take pride in making sure that all their major ski fields are environmentally sustainable, with Coronet Peak being one of them, saving a lot of their energy by using less technology, (Coronet Peak, 2016).  Coronet Peak Ski Resort opened up in 1947, and is located in Queenstown, New Zealand, a popular visitor destination.  Coronet Peak often has long ski seasons and is also known to have international ski races and be a training ground for many world class athletes, (Wikipedia, 2016)

Coronet Peak are Qualmark certified, having many sustainable factors in place that are environmentally friendly, which have allowed to continue operate from season to season.  Coronet Peak has the high Qualmark rating of Endorsed and has received a Gold Enviro Award, for the sustainable way the run their business.  Examples of these practices including the when they have new construction; the use of land in a way that fits into the natural environment; and in reducing their energy use and carbon emissions in the way they do their business. (Coronet Peak, 2016).

Coronet Peak also make use of recycled materials in the construction of new park features and buildings, including their storage solutions.  They have also constructed purpose built reservoirs with sustainability in mind to make use of natural resources, i.e. to capture rainfall to reuse the water, (Coronet Peak, 2016).

Coronet Peak make sustainable use of the land they operate on by planting native vegetation such as New Zealand Tussock, that preserves the environment and they remove noxious weeds and pests from their Recreation Reserve each summer.  Another way they use the land sustainably is by capturing snow melt through the season to reuse in snowmaking, (Coronet Peak, 2016).

Coronet Peak also uses their snowmaking machines to reduce the energy they use in a sustainable by a using a fully automated snowmaking system that enables them to reduce energy and water wastage.  They also divert more than 50% of their solid waste from landfill, and make use of recycling facilities in Queenstown, donating their coffee grounds to the Queenstown Harvest Community Gardens to be recycled into fertilizer/compost, (Coronet Peak, 2016).

Through all these examples and more, Coronet Peak is keeping their business environmentally sustainable and keeping their business running long term, and by doing this they have become an environmentally certified tourism operator with Qualmark, (Coronet Peak, 2016)



Coronet Peak. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.nzski.com/sustainable-slopes

Qualmark. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.qualmark.co.nz

(Tourism New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand Statement of Intent, 2015-2018, 2016).

Wikipedia. (2016). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronet_Peak



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Earth and Sky

Earth and Sky


Earth and Sky is a tourism business which lets you experience the night sky at the University of Canterbury Mt John observatory or at the Cowan’s observatory in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Both have many programs for you to choose from. Earth and Sky are all about learning and sharing their passion of the universe and how science will get you to the stars. Earth and Sky are based in Tekapo and try to provide both education and fun for all those who like to learn about the stars and the earths place among the cosmos. They have the largest telescope in New Zealand and the most southern optical research facility.  Earth and Sky offer a range of tours which are available from daytime tours, family tours and full on 2 hour night time tours. There are also season tours (winter and summer) so you can see different scenes.

As a responsible tourism operator, Earth and Sky encourage its staff and customers to consider the Mackenzie Country environment and keep it sustained. The company believes in protecting the dark night sky and ensure future generations can enjoy it as much as the past. They invite people to support the initiatives and reduce the environmental impact of what people do. Earth and Sky have developed environmental plan that reduces the energy and usage on tours and in facilities. They also are reducing the light they emit at night and the waste that they generate. Because of Earth and Sky’s eco-tourism approach, they have been awarded the Enviro Award Gold Qualmark as they have exceeded the highest levels of environmental responsibility. They have also been awarded the Visitor Activity Qualmark.


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A sustainably certified tourism operation is Coronet Peak, Coronet Peak demonstrates three examples of how the operation has used sustainable practices within its operations, these are quite broad and cover what Coronet Peak has achieved as a sustainable ski-field.

  • Sustainable land use which includes the reservoirs and native vegetation.
  • Construction which is related to the natural landform.
  • New ways of reducing energy by limiting carbon emissions.

Qualmark has recognized Coronet Peak with the Enviro Gold award, which means Coronet Peak has exceeded the highest levels of environmental and social responsibilities and represents strong leadership and advocacy as a sustainable operation in New Zealand. (Sustainable Slopes, 2016).

The ski field continues to promote sustainable ways within there business but so far have achieved a lot as a seasonal business operation. They are still continuing to reach bigger goals of sustainable land use, appropriate sustainable land construction and new ways of reducing energy.

A few things that Coronet Peak have done over the years to show sustainable practices are:

Coronet Peak divert more than 50% of our solid waste from landfill, they use the recycling facilities in Queenstown, and donate our coffee grounds to the Queenstown Harvest Community Gardens to be recycled into fertilizer/compost.

Coronet Peak repurpose old materials to create park features and storage solutions.

But one of there main things they stand by is making snow from 95% recycled water. elsewhere. The snowmakers manage a fully automated snowmaking system, which enables us to reduce energy and water wastage. They also catch any snowmelt through the season and reuse it for snowmaking.

Coronet Peak saved approximately 10% of the building’s electricity usage over the 2013 season with the departments practicing a ‘switch it off’ campaign.

Since 2011, Coronet Peak has reduced fuel consumption by more than 60,000 litres by focusing on efficient operation of the  boilers and snow grooming fleet. They also minimize carbon emissions by back loading all garbage on freight truck’s ensuring that no load is wasted. (Sustainable Slopes, 2016)

Coronet Peak Ski Field is a leading company in the Queenstown Lakes Sustainable Business Programme with Tourism Industry Association which is something they stand by very proudly. (Sustainable Slopes, 2016)


Sustainable Slopes. (2016). Retrieved from NZ Ski: https://www.nzski.com/sustainable-slopes

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Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak Ski Field                                                                               Claudia Aitken

Coronet peak is a commercial Ski Field, found just outside of Queenstown. Coronet Peak is one of NZ’s top Ski resorts, which host’s international skiers and winter sport events. Coronet Peak strives to maintain a sustainable ski field so there will be snow and a Ski field for future generations to come.
(Coronet peak, 2016)

One Sustainable feature present at Coronet Peak is the snow guns and fencing. The Ski field is transformed into a sustainable practice for the winter season, to ensure this NZSki undertakes a series of measures, examples are employing the best practice snow making, snow grooming and snow farming techniques prior to and throughout the season, by using mounted snow guns these increase productivity by 35%.

When Snow grooming takes place on Coronet peak, they make sure it is undertaken the most environmentally friendly way. Snow farming is where they capture the maximum amount of snow during a storm then move it to a high use area.
(Sustainable slopes, 2016)


A way of minimising effects of climate change to the ski field, Coronet peak are doing this by using less polluting technology and conserving energy, an example is since 2011 Coronet Peak has reduced their fuel consumption by 60,000 litres, by focusing on efficiently running their boilers.
(Sustainable slopes, 2016)

Minimising energy usage is another sustainable feature that Coronet Peak is upholding, they are doing this by encouraging guests and departments at the Ski lodge to ‘turn it off if you’re not using it’, over the 2013 winter season Coronet peak saved 10% of the building’s electricity usage. Another way of reducing energy and water wastage is through the automatic snowmaking systems, these machines catch any snow that falls throughout the season and is reused for making snow elsewhere.
(Sustainable slopes, 2016)

Coronet Peak is well on the way to becoming a fully sustainable ski field, by continuing work in conjunction with suppliers, local government, recycling, reuse and utilise resources in their daily operation

Qualmark has recognised Coronet peak with the Enviro award gold, showing it exceeds the highest level of environmental and social responsibilities.
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Sustainable slopes, Queenstown | Ski New Zealand. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.nzski.com/sustainable-slopes

Qualmark enviro logo gold – Google Search. (2016). Retrieved from           https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=qualmark+enviro+logo+gold

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Accreditation and Certification

Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is a very popular ski destination, visitors from all over the world come to experience their sustainable slopes. “NZSki is committed to caring for our planet and ensuring snow for future generations (Sustainable slopes, 2016) by implementing excellent environmental management practices.”

Coronet peak is a Qualmark sustainably certified tourism operation, a big practice is the snow grooming, snow making and the snow farming techniques. The snow guns use the same amount of water as any other gun type and gain productivity by 35% while using the same amount of water. Snow grooming is taken very seriously and in an environmentally sensitive way. Snow farming figures out the maximum amount of snow during all the storms so that they can move it to where it’s needed most like on the slopes that get the most sun. (Sustainable slopes, 2016)

Energy use is a very important practice at Coronet, all new developments have to reach a five star energy rating or they will not approve it. This will determine the success as an efficient tourist destination In the future. At Coronet Peak they encourage people to use less energy by having lists at each property of tips on saving energy. Raising strong awareness of energy use is a key principle of the Keep Winter Cool Programme. (Sustainable slopes, 2016)

The certification of sustainability has been met through climate change at the Coronet ski fields by using new, technologies that are less-polluting and save energy, this will encourage the ski field to exist for future generations. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) states that climate modelling shows the seasonal snow levels and that they are going to be reduced by the effects that climate change is having in the years coming. They have found that this loss might not be as bad as first anticipated and that even under intense climate scenario they should be able to continue to make snow. (Sustainable slopes, 2016)



Sustainable slopes. (2016). Retrieved from NZSki: https://www.nzski.com/sustainable-slopes




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4 Nature Tours

4 Nature Tours

4 Nature Tours is a Qualmark certified business that specialises in small personalised guided nature group tours around the Dunedin area including the Otago Harbour, coastline and beaches, and the captivating Eco-Sanctuary. Some of the tours they offer are, Wildlife, Dunedin City and Scenic Highlights Tour, Yellow Eyed Penguins and Moeraki Boulders Tour, Organ Pipes, Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Sea Caves and Wetlands Walking Tour and the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Scenic Coastline and Wetlands Strolling Tour as well as many others. 4 Nature Tours hold two Qualmark assurances, the gold environment award and the endorsed activity award as well as being Department of Conservation approved.

Sustainable practices and initiatives used by the business to meet their certifications include the majority of their full day nature tours being on foot, by doing this 4 Nature Tours are reducing their carbon footprint from vehicle travel. Additionally they only use 100% renewable energy on all of their sites, by doing this practice they are the protecting the environment and preserving scarce resources and saving energy, they also use power and water saving devices in their offices to help sustain these valuable resources. 4 Nature Tours also collect rain water, process all of their grey water on site and use eco-friendly cleaning products and in order to reduce possible contamination of their water ways . As well as planted over 120 native trees and bushes to help the surrounding environment on their sites and reduce, reuse and recycle all possible rubbish when possible to help reduce landfill waste. 4 Nature Tours also raise awareness of New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna and the threats that it faces as well as teaching its customers practices they could use at home to sustain a healthy natural environment.

4 Nature Tours small group encounters with nature amongst Dunedin’s stunning scenery with their knowledgeable local guide. Combined with learning about the local environment and wildlife, 4 Nature Tours are committed to providing a genuine Eco tour (4 Nature Tours, 2016).


4 Nature Tours, (2016). Information. Retrieved from http://www.4nature.co.nz/information.html

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The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel is a small Bed and Breakfast style hotel located in Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand. The hotel has a range of accommodation options including, courtyard studios, villas, garden studios and penthouse suites. This small hotel is known for its legendary breakfast and great location, with Ponsonby’s vibrant cafes, restaurants and art galleries just a short walk down the road. (The Great Ponsonby Bed & Breakfast, A Small Hotel, 2016). The owners, Gerry and Sally, pride themselves on their commitment to operating a sustainable business, they state that: ‘’We are passionate about sustainability and work actively within our industry with Heritage & Character Inns and with the Tourism Association of New Zealand to define and implement the necessary conditions for promoting sustainable tourism’’ (Sustainability, 2016)

The Great Ponsonby Art hotel has won several awards, including a certificate in excellence by TripAdvisor, they are the first and only accommodation listing for Auckland in Lonely Planet’s Greendex, they also have a four star rating and gold status enviro award under the Qualmark umbrella. (The Great Ponsonby Bed & Breakfast, A Small Hotel, 2016).  Qualmark are Tourism New Zealand’s official quality assurance organisation which provide a credible guide to tourism products within the New Zealand tourism industry. To obtain an Enviro Award tourism operators must meet specific requirements under Qualmarks’ Responsible Tourism Checklist. (Responisble Tourism Checklist, 2016)

The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel has a list of sustainable practises in which it incorporates into their daily business operation, an example of this is using eco products for laundry, guest amenities and for cleaning. (Sustainability, 2016) Under the section Pollution Prevention in the Responsible Tourism checklist, it outlines that the organisation must use non – toxic or low toxic cleaners, which it does. (Responisble Tourism Checklist, 2016)

The hotel also meets the criteria under sustainable design, with the checklist stating buildings must ‘’use sustainable building techniques and technologies’’ (Responisble Tourism Checklist, 2016). The hotel has met this criteria by insulating their building with wool inside the walls, ceiling and the underfloor reducing heating costs. They also put lots of thought into investigating the most eco-friendly ways to heat their property, determining that thermostat controlled under floor heating using natural gas was the most “environmentally effective”.  (Sustainability, 2016)

Another sustainable practise put in place by the hotel is by composting organic waste and fallen leaves, with the compost then being used for their herb garden and feijoa trees. (Sustainability, 2016). This practise allows them to meet requirements under the environmental responsibility section of the checklist and more specifically the compost organic waste section. (Responisble Tourism Checklist, 2016).

Where possible the hotel uses local contractors and buys local supplies (Sustainability, 2016) , allowing them to meet specific criteria within the community involvement section, showing that the hotel is consciously and continuously supporting local business and suppliers. (Responisble Tourism Checklist, 2016)

With these four examples plus many more practises which the Great Ponsonby Art Hotel incorporate into their business, it is no wonder the hotel has a gold status enviro award under Qualmark. The hotel is a great example of sustainability and it may even encourage other businesses to incorporate sustainable practises into their own.



Responisble Tourism Checklist. (2016). Retrieved from Qualmark.co.nz: http://www.qualmark.co.nz/

Sustainability. (2016). Retrieved from greatpons.co.nz: http://www.greatpons.co.nz/sustainability.php

The Great Ponsonby Bed & Breakfast, A Small Hotel. (2016). Retrieved from greatpons.co.nz: http://www.greatpons.co.nz/index.php


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