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) Endorsed Visitor Service
Positioning us as more than just an activity provider, we are in effect a wrap-around service.
Qualmark (Tourism Standards Authority) Enviro Gold Award
The highest standard available for environmental & social responsibility in our operation.
Department of Conservation Approved
As an approved operator we have exceeded all environmental & safety requirements to work in, and to lead groups through our national protected environmental areas.
Sustainable Business Network
We have been a proud member of the Sustainable Business Network since 1997, 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.
New Zealand German Business Association
As a member of NZGBA we have fostered closer ties to European markets, to help European travellers offset the environmental impacts of their travel.

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

Excellence in the Enviroment Award
2013 Tourism Awards

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.