Travelling sustainably not only makes you feel good when travelling, but also leaves a positive impact on the environment which you travel to. It aims to not disturb the land that you visit and leave everything how you found it, so the next travellers can also experience the natural beauty of New Zealand.  

Below is a list of ways to travel New Zealand sustainably, so let’s jump into it and learn how you can travel sustainably! 


1. Eco-Tours/Activities

Eco-tours are a way to travel through New Zealand sustainably.  

The benefits of eco-tours include the following: 

  • Boost the employment of local communities  
  • Raise awareness and educate travellers, as well as the locals, about the bio-cultural impact of a destination 
  • Protect the local flora and fauna. 

Some examples of destinations in New Zealand with eco-tours are: Poor Knights IslandsAoraki Mount Cook National Park, Fiordland National Park, Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier, Waitomo Caves, Wai-O-Tapu, Tongariro Alpine Crossing. 

If possible, book activities that are in local communities rather than with big touristy attractions, or even better attractions where a part of your fee goes towards local conservation projects.  

Glow-worms in Waitomo Caves

2. Carbon Footprint 

To make the most of your carbon footprint when travelling to New Zealand, travellers should stay for longer periods of time. Especially if you fly into the country as flying leaves a large carbon footprint. Some airlines have the option when booking to pay an extra amount to offset their carbon footprint from the flight. Find out more information regarding carbon offset from Air New Zealand 

3. Freedom Camping 

Freedom camping is a great way to explore New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes and feels like you’ve got the campsite to yourself! It attracts travellers to less populated destinations and spreads out visitors to reduce density in populated areas. Freedom Camping is also a cheaper option rather than paying for accommodation in hotels or caravan parks.  

Our campervans at Travellers Autobarn, except the station wagon, are self-contained as we can include a Porta Potti’s in the campervans. This means you can do freedom camping on your next road trip adventure in New Zealand. If you’re unsure where you can camp, there are a number of apps for freedom camping in New Zealand that can guide you.

Make sure to take all your rubbish with you when freedom camping to keep the environment clean. If possible, also recycle your waste.