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Message from Tourism NZ

Organic Explorer has carved out a name for itself as a comprehensive resource for travellers seeking eco-friendly experiences in New Zealand. Through its website and travel guides, it has provided travellers with an abundance of information about everything from organic cafe's and eco-lodges to nature tourism and Maori cultural experiences.

But Organic Explorer’s efforts have gone further than just informing travellers about the variety of eco-friendly experiences available in New Zealand. It has also helped raise international awareness of New Zealand as a visitor destination.

Eco-tourism experiences feature on many international visitors’ holiday plans and that will only increase Organic Explorer’s relevance to visitors and local eco-tourism businesses.

Regards,
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Kevin Bowler
Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive

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Eco-Lodges

Eco-Lodges

For an ecolodge to make it into our listings: It is located in a natural area,& employs systems that protect the environment from pollution and degradation. It often employs energy saving tactics and possibly renewable energy technology. It employs, or has access to, interpretive nature guides who are either trained in biology or have significant local knowledge of the habitat. It provides books, posters, maps, photographs, orientation talks or other ways to inform guests and visitors about the biology of the area. It contributes the local economy and helps demonstrate that ecotourism is a more sustainable long term way to earn income than destroying or altering habitats for short term gains.
Kaikoura Wilderness Walks

Kaikoura Wilderness Walks

Nicky McArthur
PO Box 177 Kaikoura New Zealand

Experience the Wilderness Walk of a Lifetime. A 3 day Private Guided Walk through Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve, Kaikoura staying in a luxury retreat

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Kokohuia Lodge

Kokohuia Lodge

Steve Heim
101 Kokohuia Road Hokianga New Zealand

Kokohuia Lodge is a luxury Eco B&B with stunning views of the Hokianga Harbour & sand dunes. Kokohuia is both sophisticated & private -romantic escape

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Waipiata

Waipiata

Natalie & Ross
657 Pukapuka Road, Auckland New Zealand

Waipiata. Enviro-Gold. Experience 5-star luxury in a secluded water's edge environment just 30 minutes north of Auckland. An award winning retreat.

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Hillside Hotel

Hillside Hotel

Hillside Hotel
New Zealand

A country retreat and eco-lodge, a Qualmark four-star boutique hotel with an enviro-gold rating; nestled amongst native forest atop Taupiri Ranges

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Maruia Springs Thermal Resort

Maruia Springs Thermal Resort

Takako Ogino
Maruia Springs Thermal Resort State Highway 7 New Zealand

Maruia Springs Thermal Resort, a unique tourist mountain hideaway with a more than a little touch of Japan.

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Te Henga Studios

Gus
130 Bethells Road Auckland New Zealand

Eco, Arts & Healing Retreat centre for workshops, functions & accommodation. Amongst native bush near the Waitakere River. 30 mins from Auckland.

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Timber Trail Lodge

Timber Trail Lodge

Bruce Maunsell
New Zealand

A new off-grid lodge in the heart of Pureora Forest Park. Offering comfort and adventure in the North Island's most outstanding podocarp forest.

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Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

Tim and Debbie Short
1190 Ohauiti Road Tauranga New Zealand

Journey to the Protected National Trust paradise of Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary, a Podocarp Native Rainforest with trees over 500 years old.

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Riverslea Retreat

Riverslea Retreat

Lilian and Chris Bramley
733 Otaki Gorge Road, Otaki New Zealand

Surrounded by nature, great private location. Ideal for groups to meet, work and relax together.

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Ohui Eco Lodge

Ohui Eco Lodge

Maya
750 Ohui Road, Opoutere New Zealand

World class Luxury Eco Estate of 100acre natural site, coastal positioning with native forest and its multi million dollar Eco Villa.

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Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Chris Sturgeon
SH1 at Station Road, Kaikoura New Zealand

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, nestled between Kaikoura's Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, home to Kaikoura's whales. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses.

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Minaret Lodge

Minaret Lodge

Gary Tate
34 Eely Point Road, Wanaka New Zealand

Minaret Lodge is a sanctuary, situated in a two acre park-like setting, providing luxury accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand.

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Mainholm Country Lodge

Mainholm Country Lodge

Graham & Sandi Larsen
592 Pomahaka Road RD1 New Zealand

Restored Victorian homestead nestled between the Pomahaka river and Blue Mountains.

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Maple Lodge

Maple Lodge

Paul Raymont
56 Halliday Road, New Zealand

Qualmark 4 Star Plus Luxury Lodge

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Tikapa Moana Eco Spa Retreat

Tikapa Moana Eco Spa Retreat

Bill and Marilyn
30 Pukekereru Lane Kaiaua New Zealand

Wellness retreat with various accommodation & therapeutic options set in a subtropical organic orchard on the tranquil SeabirdCoast, 1hr from Auckland

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Opua Home

Opua Home

Manager
30 Point Veronica Drive Opua New Zealand

The Opua Home is a spirit-lifting holiday home in the Bay of Islands designed by internationally-renowned eco-architect Graeme North. For you.

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Kaimata Retreat

Kaimata Retreat

Rachel Duell
297 Cape Saunders Road Dunedin New Zealand

boutique lodge, wonderful waterside location, timber built, within the special natural environment of the Otago Peninsula -

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Hereweka Garden Retreat

Hereweka Garden Retreat

Anna and Peter
10 Hoopers Inlet Road Dunedin New Zealand

Hereweka Garden Retreat, Luxury Eco Accommodation - Otago Peninsula, Dunedin

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Cliff House

Cliff House

Cliff House
Te Whara Way Taiharuru New Zealand

Cliff House offers luxury, lodge style, self-contained, accommodation for up to 8 people. Located 25 minutes from Whangarei in a clifftop setting.

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Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre

Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre

Shayne Olsen and Louise Bright
Lochmara Bay, Marlborough Sounds New Zealand

Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre is an eco- and art- retreat set on the tranquil shores of the Marlborough Sounds.

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Awaroa Lodge

Awaroa Lodge

The Team at Awaroa Lodge
P.O.Box 163, Golden Bay New Zealand

Awaroa Lodge offers luxury accommodation in the Abel Tasman National Park and is 100% New Zealand owned.

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Breckenridge Lodge

Breckenridge Lodge

Malcolm Redmond
1 Breckenridge Lane, Napier New Zealand

Breckenridge Lodge combines fine dining and luxury accommodation in picturesque, rural Hawkes Bay.

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Pounamu Lodge

Pounamu Lodge

Karen and David
51 Spencer Road Rotorua New Zealand

Pounamu Lodge, Rotorua Luxury Lodge & Maori Cultural Experience at Lake Tarawera.

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The Tree House

The Tree House

Phil and Pauline Evans
168 West Coast Road, Motukaraka Hokianga Harbour New Zealand

The Tree-House, owner-built wooden lodge, cabins & tent sites in 6 ha of native forest, subtropical gardens & woodland near Hokianga Harbour ferry.

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