far north self contained environmentally friendly accommodation

 

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

We are proud of New Zealand’s pristine, natural landscape and are committed to a policy consistent with our country’s current high global ranking, for environmental sustainability.

As a small part of New Zealand’s stunning and unique natural heritage, Sanctuary in the Cove is committed to protecting the many ancient native trees on our property.  To further improve the quality of our flora and fauna, we are also committed to ongoing plantings of trees, shrubs and various native palms and ferns.  To this end approximately 2000 new plantings have been undertaken in the last 6 years and the planting program is ongoing.  The development of our nature walk will also enable our guests to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of our natural bush surroundings.
 

Sanctuary in the Cove is committed to a balanced approach to economic, environmental and social priorities consistent with the goal of ensuring we are always examining the latest initiatives to:

  1. Reduce the environmental impact through sensible waste management
  2. Conserve water by using this precious resource wisely
  3. Help protect and conserve New Zealand’s natural environment
  4. Use energy efficiently.
     

Our guests can assist us in these modest aims.

  • We provide recycling bins for all recyclables and there is also a bin for vegetable waste if you wish to take up our composting option.
  • All bin liners and rubbish bags are bio-degradable.
  • We provide re-usable ‘green’ shopping bags, for you to use when shopping for groceries - to minimise the accumulation of plastic bags.
  • Your towels can be hung out for drying on outside washing lines.
  • All your water is provided from our own fresh-water rainwater tanks.  Before this water reaches you, it has passed through a complex filter system, with further under kitchen bench filters, installed in each cottage.  Please use water wisely.

New Zealand currently ranks 7th out of more than 140 countries, according to the Environmental Performance Index (a collaborative effort between Yale and Columbia Universities in the US) – see current rankings below.

 ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDEX
 

Rank

Country

Index

Rank

Country

Index

1

Switzerland

95.5

26

Malaysia

84.0

2

Sweden

93.1

27

Albania

84.0

3

Norway

93.1

28

Russia

83.9

4

Finland

91.4

29

Chile

83.4

5

Costa Rica

90.5

30

Spain

83.1

6

Austria

89.4

31

Luxembourg

83.1

7

New Zealand

88.9

32

Panama

83.1

8

Latvia

88.8

33

Dominican Republic

83.0

9

Colombia

88.3

34

Ireland

82.7

10

France

87.8

35

Brazil

82.7

11

Iceland

87.6

36

Uruguay

82.3

12

Canada

86.6

37

Georgia

82.2

13

Germany

86.3

38

Argentina

81.8

14

United Kingdom

86.3

39

United States

81.0

15

Slovenia

86.3

40

Taiwan

80.8

16

Lithuania

86.2

41

Cuba

80.7

17

Slovakia

86.0

42

Poland

80.5

18

Portugal

85.8

43

Belarus

80.5

19

Estonia

85.2

44

Greece

80.2

20

Croatia

84.6

45

Venezuela

80.0

21

Japan

84.5

46

Australia

79.8

22

Ecuador

84.4

47

Mexico

79.8

23

Hungary

84.2

48

Bosnia/Herzegovina

79.7

24

Italy

84.2

49

Israel

79.6

25

Denmark

84.0

50

Sri Lanka

79.5