Environmental and Social Sustainability

Here at Marahau Water Taxis we care deeply about the well-being and sustainability of this very special place. This is our home. The preservation of our local flora and fauna is essential to our livelihood.  We strive to take care of it and consider ourselves kaitiaki (guardians) of this area. We pass this on through our actions, staff training and by leading by example.

Please help us keep this special place, the Abel Tasman National Park beautiful for future generations. Respect our wonderful environment and makers responsible choices.

Here’s how you can help:

WASTE

Don’t litter and please pick it up if you find it.Buy a re-usable water bottle and refuse plastic bags where possible.
Recycle glass, paper, plastic and cans.
Dispose responsibly by using only designated waste disposal facilities. There is a strict, ‘carry out what you carry in’ policy in the national park.

WATER

Protect our waterways; use toilets and stick to the paths to prevent erosion. If you get caught short dig a hole well away from the path and water sources.
Prevent invasions of unwanted species. Check, clean and dry your gear.
Conserve water, use it sparingly and take shorter showers.
Always know your limits when fishing and collecting shellfish. The rules can be obtained from any sports shop or council office.

ENERGY

Reduce your personal carbon footprint. Turn off lights, appliances and devices when not in use.  Use candles; the romantic option!
Save your wallet and the atmosphere; walk or cycle where possible.
Use public transport or hire a fuel efficient vehicle. Take your time and avoid air travel.

SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT

Be safe, use common sense and always tell someone of your travel intentions.
Be cool, never light fires against restrictions and always obey the signage.
Relax, enjoy yourself and never harass our native flora and fauna. Take photos by all means, but if an animal moves away from you it’s because you are too close. Back off and leave it be, it could be raising young or foraging for food.

COMMUNITY

Integrate and socialise with the locals; they often have the best advice.
Contribute, join a tour, volunteer scheme or short course that gives back to the community or environment,
Buy local products and services to sustain local communities.  Avoid multi-nationals and be rewarded with a real experience!

Here’s a brief outline of what we’re doing:

We are constantly striving to minimise fuel consumption.  We continue to invest heavily in the most fuel-efficient boat motors and other fuel-saving technologies. We also work hard at selecting the most appropriate route or vehicle to minimise fuel consumption. We are actively monitoring fuel consumption to achieve further reductions.  All of our businesses source goods and services locally whenever possible.

We’re constantly working on ways to further reduce our electricity consumption. We always endeavour to turn off any equipment, including lights, when not needed and we are actively monitoring our electricity use. 

We do everything we can to minimise our water usage by turning off taps when we are not directly using water and by using water saving technologies.  We also have a rainwater harvesting system at our main water taxi storage sheds.

We are always trying to reduce waste by re-using and recycling. We also offer our customers recycling facilities and encourage our customers to reuse containers and bottles whenever possible.

Everybody in our business receives environmental and sustainability training.  We have a wealth of knowledge on our local history and ecology and love sharing it with visitors!

In partnership with Golden Future Environment, we promote a comprehensive environmental tour so visitors have the chance to learn about the ecology of the national park.

We support various charitable organisations in their efforts to protect and restore our local environment. For example, we donate 10c from each passenger’s fare to the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust. We have also adopted the national park’s beaches for the annual Big Beach Clean-up.

We have created a Responsible Tourism Guide to provide our customers with ideas on how they can help protect our environment during their stay.