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Our family has been part of the Waitomo community for over 100 years. It’s a pretty special part of the world. We’ve made a commitment to support the people and land around us and help ensure this beautiful place is protected for generations to come.

Glowing Adventures is proud to be part of the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment. By focusing on the four pillars of sustainability (economic, host community, visitor, environment) we’re contributing to the growth of a truly sustainable tourism industry that makes a positive and enduring contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand.

As a small family business we’re already light on the land, but are working towards being even better. Take a look at some of our recent environmental and community projects below.

Our Carbon Footprint

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Glowing Adventures is proud to be a Climate Positive Business certified by ekos. We have measured all of the CO2 emissions from our day to day operations including electricity, waste, freight, and company vehicles. We then offset 120% of our carbon footprint for the 2018 financial year with the purchase of carbon credits. These certified carbon credits are sourced from the Rarakau Rainforest Conservation Project right here in New Zealand. We are continuing to measure, offset and reduce our carbon emissions into the future. You can view our Climate Positive certification from ekos here and read more about it in this article from the Waitomo News.

Protecting waterways

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The Mangapu stream that runs through the Glowing Adventures caves is part of the largest underground river system in our region. We’ve built fences to help ensure the health and wellbeing of these precious waterways. Our fences keep stock away from our stream which flows into the larger Waipa river.

Read more about our fencing and planting projects in this article from the Waitomo News.

Supporting St John

Glowing Adventures is proud to support St John - a charitable organisation providing health services to hundreds of Kiwis everyday - ambulance services, first aid training, youth and community programmes and much more. Our family also has a 60-year connection with St John which you can read about in our local newspaper.

Native plant restoration

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In 2018 we began our planting project here at Glowing Adventures, to help protect, preserve, and regenerate the beautiful native forest that grows around and above the cave system here. We partnered with the Waikato Regional Council to plant 2000 native trees including karamu, broadleaf, koromiko, lacebark, kanuka and manuka. In 2020 we’re fencing off another hectare of our farmland to plant a further 5000 native trees. This will create more habitat for our precious native birds, and in the long term we’re aiming for the reforestation of our family land to help offset our carbon footprint.

Pest control

Here at Glowing Adventures we help protect the environment by keeping our pest numbers as low as possible. That primarily means trapping rats and possums who do serious damage to New Zealand’s natural ecosystems, including the life cycles of our native birds, reptiles, insects and trees. For more information on the threat of possums and other introduced species see the Department of Conservation website. We’ve already seen the positive effect our trapping programme has had on our native bush and birdlife. Both are flourishing!

Preventing single use plastic pollution

You won’t find any disposable cups here at Glowing Adventures – every visitor gets a cuppa in a real cup. However it’s a sad fact that in Aotearoa 828 million single-use plastic bottles are thrown away every year. So, we decided to join the #Refillution. This ingenious idea from the folks at Refill NZ makes it easy for people to find places to refill their water bottles for free. If you’re traveling through the area with an empty bottle, call in and say hello. We’ll happily refill your bottle with our fresh filtered tap water. Together we can all help raise awareness of solutions to the plastic problem and reduce plastic pollution in our oceans. Check out this map for more places you can refill.

The Tiaki Promise

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Tiaki means to care for people and place.

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.

The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home. Find out more about the Tiaki Promise.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Aotearoa, Welcome to New Zealand.