What You Can Do

A traveller on the Routeburn track bridgeHere's how to help the environment as a traveller in New Zealand

As travellers we all want to preserve the environments we experience. Make sure you leave the world as you find it to help preserve our beautiful planet for generations of future backpackers.

Here are some tips… 

Turn off the tap. The world is facing a serious water shortage, so turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving, share dish water with others and take short showers (or share them!).

YHA tree planting

Leave things as they are. Don’t leave any waste in natural areas, even seemingly harmless items like fruit cores or peelings. You could harm the local ecosystem.

Plant some trees. We know it’s not a complete solution to reducing carbon emissions but by purchasing a native tree or shrub with our Green Footprint Project you can do your bit to improve New Zealand’s environment.

 Green Footprint Project 

Protect nature. Keep to the track, take care with fires and keep natural water clean by washing well away from the water source. Don’t feed kea or any other wildlife.

Recycling bins at YHA Christchurch Rolleston House

Get a bit grungy. If you’re in pristine natural environments you don’t need to wash your hair or shave everyday as the detergents you use can be very harmful and it’s a waste of precious water. Use just enough water to stay clean and enjoy the chance to grow some serious body hair without your boss objecting!

Keep the air clear. Share transport where you can, take the bus, train, walk or bike. You’ll see a lot more. If you are tramping or biking you may qualify for our Low Carbon Traveller discount.

 Low Carbon Traveller Discounts 

Use us. If you’re travelling around the country, don’t just throw away your plastic drink bottles or aluminium cans etc. Why not recycle them at the next YHA hostel Travellers on the Routeburn trackyou visit. We’re happy to take them!

Buy smart. When purchasing products, check that you can recycle the packaging. Recycle brochures and guidebooks by passing them onto other travellers.

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