Our Sustainability Story

Our Sustainability Story

Christchurch Adventure Park is committed to social and environmental sustainability in all aspects of the Park. We strive to use the Parks natural features as a draw card for visitors to enjoy the Christchurch Port Hills and encourage tourism in the region.

We believe this is a vital component of our operations and therefore we have implemented a number of initiatives and practices that ensure we have a minimal impact on our incredible landscape and community within.

Environmental Care

  • We are delighted to partner with Meridian, the Christchurch Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines to welcome the iconic Tūī back to the Garden City by planting a 'Tui Tucker Corridor' (their favourite native plants) at the Park.

    Korimako/bellbird,  kererū/wood pigeon, piwakawaka /fantails are already resident at CAP and are also likely beneficiaries of these plantings.
  • We’ve supported the Te Tapuwae o Rakau Trust with the aim to re-plant over 10 million native trees on the Port Hills, which were destroyed in the fire. CAP kicked-off the fundraising drive by hosting the ‘Treemendous Dinner’, a fundraising dinner that raised enough money for the Trust to purchase approximately 1,200 native plants.
  • As logging operations were necessary to remove burned and hazardous forests, we have since replanted our entire radiata pine forest which once covered the Adventure Park.
  • We have an initiative set up to encourage corporate teams, schools and other community groups to participate in native tree planting in the park.
  • We grow our own fresh herbs and vegetables in our veggie patch.
  • In constructing our trails on the hill, we use the path of least resistance i.e we use rocks, roots and trees as natural obstacles instead of cutting our way through the hillside.
  • With support from EECA Energywise’s Low Emissions Vehicle Contestable Fund, we have worked closely with Meridian Energy to install 'Electric Car Charging Stations'.
  • E-Bikes now allowed on the chairlift.
    E-Bikes have been allowed in the park since we opened in 2016 however we were unable to carry them on the chairlift due to ropeways guidelines. The evolution of the batteries has meant that we are now able to carry them on our chairlift.
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Recycling Commitment

  • Using recycled materials in the construction of our village, including using floorboards from an old basketball court in our Handle Bar & Café.
  • Biodegradable takeaway cups and papers straws in our café, in addition to encouraging people to use their own reusable cups.
  • We compost our coffee grounds and food scraps.
  • We recycle all glass, cans, plastic, food waste, cooking oil and paper products.
  • Our 'Sustainable Riding Tops' both for our guides and retail have been created by Giro using recycled materials.

    Made from reclaimed fishing nets and other ocean debris, reducing environmental burden and improving the health of our oceans and planet. The use of Econyl, in place of conventional nylon/Lycra materials for instance, can reduce the global warming impact of the source material by up to 80% compared with virgin material made from oil.
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Community Events

  • While CAP was being rebuilt, staff participated in a range of community activities from cooking meals and baking at Ronald McDonald House to running bicycle skills sessions in schools and assisting the City Mission with life skill classes for their residents.
  • As part of the ‘CAP Call of Duty’, staff volunteered around the city over August on a range of charity and community projects. This included servicing the fleet of bikes at Allenvale school to packing food bags at the Christchurch City Mission and restocking the freezers for Ronald McDonald House South Island.
  • We are working together with the local riding community and have created a 'Volunteer Programme' designated to building and and maintaining trails at the Park.
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Tiaki Promise

CAP is proud supporters of the 'Tiaki Promise'.

"While travelling in New Zealand I will,
Care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace.
Travel safely, showing care and consideration for all.
Respect culture, travelling with an open heart and mind."

 

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Silver Qualmark Status

A Silver Award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations.

Proactive leadership and management ensure that a culture of high performance is evident throughout the entire business.  The business will have a real focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to ensure the tourism product they deliver is a genuine, constantly improving sustainable experience.

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New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment

Christchurch Adventure Park has adopted the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, an initiative driven by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

The New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment aims to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025 – our Vision is Leading the World in Sustainable Tourism. To deliver on this, we must achieve ambitious economic goals while sharing the overwhelming benefits with supportive host communities, contributing to restoring, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high quality destination of choice for domestic and international travellers.

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