We have cleared 12’000 square metres of surrounding farmland of blackberry and gorse and have replanted 5000 native trees. Our goal is to plant 10,000 native manuka trees on the river edge, which will also enable us to rid of gorse from the area too.
Our staff initiative is our Monday ‘clean up Ōkere Falls mornings’, where our staff donate an hour every Monday to pick up rubbish around the Kaituna River area. At the base, we have taken this one step further, minimising our waste by recycling, composting and have reduced our waste to landfill from three bins a week to one. We use environmentally friendly cleaning products, keeping our waterways clean.
On the Kaituna River (Ōkere awa), we are proud to be actively showing manaaki (to support) Predator Free Ōkere Falls in trapping rats, mice, and possums looking after two trap lines in the Ōkere Falls reserve.
On our roto (lake), we are working with the Te Arawa Lakes Trust and the ‘Catfish Killas’ in the eradication of catfish in Lake Rotoiti, by checking, clearing and monitoring the nets, to keep these pesky fish out of our waterways.
Educating our tamariki (children) about the importance of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection of the environment) and the work we do as a community to conserve & care for our surroundings is hugely important. Together, we plant native tree seedlings that will be nurtured in our Rotorua Ziplines nursery to be replanted into the reserve. That learning and engagement have been so overwhelmingly popular that we have now extended this out to all of our zipliners, to take a moment to share our manaakitanga and plant a native trees to give back to the ngahere we have just passed through.
This investment into sustaining our backyard will later bring restoration to our surrounding native forest and in time we hope that we can create a bird sanctuary to bring the native kiwi back up to Ōkere Falls.
We are stoked to have this opportunity to invest and involve as many people in our vision of enhancing our backyard of Ōkere Falls and protecting our Papatūānuku (Mother Earth).
What can you do? Easy!
When you book from our website, you can donate $2.50 which goes straight into our Ōkere Falls and Rotorua Ziplines project.