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As an ecotourism business we take positive steps in helping to ensure the environment on Stewart Island and Ulva Island remain clean and green. We have also established a Conservation Project with the aim of assisting with conservation and research. For details see Conservation.

Please take time to read the Environment Care Code and Water Care Code. These have been developed by the Department of Conservation and reproduced below with their kind permission.

By following these care codes we can all make a difference!

Toitu te whenua - Leave the land undisturbed.

New Zealand Environment Care Code

Care Code

Protect Plants and Animals
Treat New Zealand's forests and birds with care and respect. They are unique and often rare.

Care Code Remove Rubbish
Litter is unattractive, harmful to wildlife and can increase vermin and disease. Plan your visits to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
Care Code Bury Toilet Waste
In areas without toilet facilities, bury your toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways, tracks, campsites, and huts.
Care Code Keep Streams and Lakes Clean
When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. Because soaps and detergents are harmful to water-life, drain used water into the soil to allow it to be filtered. If you suspect the water may be contaminated, either boil it for at least 3 minutes, or filter it, or chemically treat it.
Care Code Take Care with Fires
Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. If you do use a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing it with water and checking the ashes before leaving.
Care Code Camp Carefully
When camping, leave no trace of your visit.
Care Code Keep to the Track
By keeping to the track, where one exists, you lessen the chance of damaging fragile plants.
Care Code Consider Others
People visit the back country and rural areas for many reasons. Be considerate of other visitors who also have a right to enjoy the natural environment.
Care Code Respect Our Cultural Heritage
Many places in New Zealand have a spiritual and historical significance. Treat these places with consideration and respect.
Care Code Enjoy Your Visit
Enjoy your outdoor experience. Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know you have been there?
New Zealand Water Care Code
Find out First -
Find out and follow the regulations governing recreational use of waterways and access. They are designed to minimise conflict between users and protect everyone's health and safety.
Care Code
Care Code Stay on Established Tracks and Use Existing Facilities
By using existing facilities, where these are provided, you run less chance of disturbing wildlife and damaging riverbanks and foreshores.
Care Code Take Care of Your Gear
Careless use of equipment can harm wildlife and other users.
Care Code Remove Rubbish
Litter is unattractive, harmful to wildlife and pollutes water. Plan your visit to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
Care Code Dispose of Toilet Waste Properly
Improper disposal of toilet waste can contaminate water, damage the environment, and is culturally offensive. Use disposal facilities where provided or bury waste in a shallow hole at least 50 metres away from waterways.
Care Code Be Careful with Chemicals
Use chemicals sparingly, and refuel with care. Dispose of cooking and washing water well away from the source.
Care Code

Respect Our Cultural Heritage
Many New Zealand waterways have special cultural, spiritual or historical values. Treat these places with consideration and respect.

Care Code

Take Only the Food You Need
When taking food from the sea or freshwater don't overdo it. Sustain life in our waterways by taking only what you need and no more than the legal limit.

Care Code

Consider Plants and Animals
Remember we are only visitors to water environments. Other animal and plant species live there all the time.

Care Code

Consider Other People
Respect other visitors ... everyone has the right to enjoy the environment in safety.

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P O Box 188, Stewart Island, NZ

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