Waiheke-based EcoZip Adventures has announced a new partnership with Waiheke Resources Trust; together, they are launching a new conservation initiative. 

The new initiative will allow EcoZip clients to add native trees to their tour package when shopping online. Donations can be added in $4 increments, a sum that’s pegged to the purchase price of an eco-sourced native tree.  The trees donated will then be planted by WRT’s volunteers at sites across the island.  

EcoZip’s aim is ambitious but clear: ‘We want to double the number of trees the trust plants,’ says Gavin Oliver, EcoZip’s managing director.   

In addition to EcoZip’s individual clients, the company’s corporate group customers can also contribute. Gavin says they’ve detected a rise in company’s seeking some form of ‘social purpose’ from their events.  “They want to have fun and see their teams coalesce, but they also want to know they’re doing some good.” 

WRT’s general manager, Mike Maahs, is excited to partner with EcoZip, “To get the support from a major player in the tourism field is a fantastic example of collaboration that I hope will provide inspiration to other companies to get involved in protecting our forests for generations to come”. 

Improving sustainability in the Auckland region is a strategic imperative to come out of the Destination AKL 2025 strategy. EcoZip’s initiative is welcome news to ATEED; it is a great example of the simple ways in which businesses can improve their sustainable efforts. 

EcoZip Adventures are also signatories to Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s sustainability commitment, which aims to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability becomes a genuine ethical underpinning of the tourism industry. 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - ATEED would like to encourage local businesses to take inspiration from EcoZip’s conservation efforts.

Learn more about EcoZip at their website ecozipadventures.co.nz

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