Organizations & Awards

At Kuaka New Zealand we pride ourselves on our sustainable business practices & our proud reputation of exceeding our customers’ expectations. We are a responsible business working to enhance the environments & communities through conservation initiatives & education. We work to leave New Zealand better than we found it.

To that end we are working with the following organisations:

Qualmark (Tourism Standards Authority) Sustainable Tourism Business Silver Award We are nationally recognized for continuously improving our economic, social & environmental performance. Ensuring we deliver a genuine, constantly improving sustainable experience.

Qualmark
(Tourism Standards Authority)
Sustainable Tourism Business Silver Award

We are nationally recognized for continuously improving our economic, social & environmental performance. Ensuring we deliver a genuine, constantly improving sustainable experience.

Qualmark (Tourism Standards Authority) Enviro Gold Award We achieved the highest possible Qualmark enviro-standard. As such, we are nationally recognized for exceeding the highest levels of environmental & social responsibility in all aspects of our operation.

Qualmark
(Tourism Standards Authority)
Enviro Gold Award

We achieved the highest possible Qualmark enviro-standard.
As such, we are nationally recognized for exceeding the highest levels of environmental & social responsibility in all aspects of our operation.

Department of Conservation Approved As an approved Department of Conservation operator we are  recognized as having exceeded all environmental & safety requirements to work in, & to lead groups through New Zealand's protected environmental areas.

Department of Conservation Approved

As an approved Department of Conservation operator we are  recognized as having exceeded all environmental & safety requirements to work in, & to lead groups through New Zealand's protected environmental areas.

Sustainable Business Network We have been a proud member of the Sustainable Business Network for over 20 years, an organisation dedicated to helping businesses generate profit that benefits communities, employees & our natural environment.

Sustainable Business Network

We have been a proud member of the Sustainable Business Network for over 20 years, an organisation dedicated to helping businesses generate profit that benefits communities, employees & our natural environment.

Project Tauranga Partner We are an authorized partner of local goverment, working with them on environmental restoration projects in public spaces.

Project Tauranga Partner

We are an authorized partner of local goverment, working with them on environmental restoration projects in public spaces.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council We have a strong working relationship & manage several reforestation sites under Biodiversity Management Plan agreements with our local regional government.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

We have a strong working relationship & manage several reforestation sites under Biodiversity Management Plan agreements with our local regional government.

 
German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce As a member of GNZCC we have fostered closer ties to European markets, to help European travelers offset the environmental impacts of their travel.

German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce

As a member of GNZCC we have fostered closer ties to European markets, to help European travelers offset the environmental impacts of their travel.

 
 
Top 5 Study Abroad Program XDF New Oriental Education & Technology Group

Top 5 Study Abroad Program
XDF New Oriental Education & Technology Group

Excellence in the Enviroment Award 2013 Tourism Awards

Excellence in the Enviroment Award
2013 Tourism Awards

Innovation Award Environment Bay of Plenty Sustainable Business Challenge

Innovation Award
Environment Bay of Plenty Sustainable Business Challenge

Environmental & Social Responsibility

OUR AIM IS TO DO MORE THAN MINIMIZE IMPACTS - KUAKA NEW ZEALAND IS A POSITIVE INFLUENCE.
WE ENHANCE - & HELP YOU ENHANCE - NEW ZEALAND AS WE TRAVEL THROUGH IT.

New Zealand is our product. As such New Zealand's social & environmental welfare is fundamentally important to us. 
When we say we want to "enhance New Zealand through educational travel" we're talking about conducting our business in a completely sustainable manner. This means improving both the social & natural environments through the actions of our business.

We've been actively involved in native habitat restoration for 20+ years. And with the help of thousands of students we have been able to make a real & significant difference.

310,000
rainforest trees planted

188,000
conservation volunteer hours

88,000
new rainforest seedlings grown

20,000
metres of walking tracks constructed

Environmental & Social Responsibility Statement

 

Kuaka New Zealand is a business that operates to enhance the environments & communities with which it interacts.

International visitors' experiences are designed to benefit New Zealand by engagement in positive actions to support our environment & communities.

In so doing, we also provide visitors with a real & worthwhile tourism experience.

Overall Environmental & Social Philosophy

 

Kuaka New Zealand is committed to business practices that support strong local communities & healthy environments.

We also believe that well resourced, interactive & informed communities will naturally look after their own environment.