Lochmara Lodge is committed to environmental protection, responsible travel, and sustainable tourism. The protection and conservation of our natural environment is a core principle guiding both the direction of the lodge as an eco accommodation and our day-to-day business practices.
In 2010, Lochmara was awarded the Department of Conservation: Conservation in Action award in the prestigious New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards. This award recognises our contribution to conservation and celebrates our innovative approach to conservation and art.
The Lodge is home to the Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, a facility dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation and the education, protection and enhancement of the Marlborough Sounds environment.
Some of the measures we take to operate in a sustainable manner include:
Environmental conservation: We have established breeding programmes for endangered native kakariki and gecko and support local bird and plant life through nesting boxes, native bush regeneration planting, wilding pine and weed eradication, and predator control. We also have a rehabilitation centre for injured wildlife.
Environmental education: Guests are encouraged to learn about local flora and fauna through information panels on our ecotour and to become involved in our day-to-day environmental practices. School groups also visit as part of our school education programmes and we are involved in local community initiatives for environmental conservation.
Fuel efficiency: Our boat is regularly serviced and maintained for maximum fuel efficiency. In the Lodge we have used sustainable building design to reduce heating and efficient wood fires are used where necessary. We use low-energy light bulbs and equipment is switched off when not in use. Efficient gas is used in our kitchens.
Water conservation: We collect rainfall water for use on the property. Dual flush systems and flow restrictors are installed and guests are encouraged to consider water consumption. We have our own environmentally-friendly sewerage system and we manage our garden irrigation.
Waste minimisation: We minimise waste through careful purchasing of low-waste items (e.g. bulk packaging, re-usable materials). Waste oil is recycled for biofuel.
Environmental protection: We use only non-pollutant cleaning products throughout the Lodge. We consider the source of all our products, maintaining our own on-site garden, orchard, and chickens for cafe supply and sourcing all other product locally where possible.
Glass recycling: All glass bottles are crushed down to a "glass sand" and used on the tracks. This is a very innovative way of recycling glass bottles.
Composting: All food scraps are fed to the friendly kunikuni pigs who are very happy to eat all the leftovers from the kitchen. Cardboard is used in the gardens to minimize weeds.
A copy of our comprehensive responsible tourism checklist is available on request.