Since February 2007, Hiking New Zealand has been offering you (the trampers) the opportunity to have a tree planted on your behalf. We select suitable locations for the plantings of native trees and a Hiking New Zealand representative plants one tree per contribution. Our aim for this initiative is to re-establish native plantings within our community and help attract native birds back to our neighbourhoods. The trees also play their part in soaking up some of the carbon emissions that we would all like to reduce.
Hiking New Zealand was founded with the simple philosophy that tourism should contribute to conservation. During the last 15 years we have donated over $60,000 to the New Zealand Wildlife Research Fund, which contributes towards conservation and research of the playful Hector’s Dolphins. We also incorporate a strict Environmental Care Code (see below) on our hiking safaris and we are now embarking on this new project, which will help you contribute directly to preserving the environment for future generations.
The process of contributing is simple, giving you the opportunity to donate when you make a booking to have a tree planted on your behalf. Trees will be planted on a regular basis, and you can choose how many trees you wish to donate - of course, every small contribution counts. Donations can also be made without a booking by going to our Booking Form and selecting “Plant a Tree”, then following the directions on the form.
Our first 20 trees were planted in June 2007. Since then we have donated trees to our local Heathcote community and secondary school for a beautification projects. In September 2008 we also planted a number of trees along the Makerikeri Stream in North Canterbury. Thanks to the environmentally-conscious trampers who have contributed.
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