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Environmental Commitments

We are committed to a strategy which focuses on environmental sustainability and developing improved operating efficiency that will ensure our clients experience a nature based activity at its very best, with the least impact on the environment and the marine mammals.

  • 2001 Encounter Kaikoura became affiliated with Green Globe 21, which is a global benchmarking, certification and implementation system for sustainable travel & tourism. It is based on Agenda 21 principles for sustainable development, endorsed by 182 heads of state at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit.
  • 2004-2009 Encounter Kaikoura obtained certification status each and every year demonstrating our commitment to sustainable environmental practices.
  • In 2009 Encounter Kaikoura formed a charitable trust and named it the Encounter Foundation. The objective of the Foundation is to support or initiate projects that primarily enhance the natural environment, both locally and further afield.
  • In 2010 Encounter Kaikoura stopped the Green Globe programme and moved to the Qualmark Enviro programme. This is modelled on the Green Globe programme so Encounter Kaikoura was able to achieve Enviro-Gold rating (the highest level possible) on the first attempt.