Korimako Lodge – environmental care and sustainability

Korimako Lodge places a very high value on our natural environment, and sustainability is very important to us. We operate our business in such a way that we balance the needs and expectations of our guests with our environmental responsibilities. Our aim is to minimise the impacts we have on the environment while making a positive contribution to our local community, both economically and socially.

We are constantly reviewing our energy and water use, the products and services we use and the amount of waste we generate to ensure that we meet our environmental and social responsibilities, and our own expectations.

We are privileged to live in a beautiful environment and welcome feedback and suggestions from our guests.

Sourcing of produce and products

  • We use organic home grown or locally produced food wherever possible.
  • Most of our meat comes from our local butcher, Murchison Meats.
  • Our honey is produced by Murchison’s Trees & Bees – we have some of their hives on our land and we trade honey for rent!
  • We use Fair Trade coffee beans.
  • We have a vegetable garden and small orchard, any surplus is preserved, frozen or given away.
  • We make our own jams and jellies from our own fruit, or from produce available locally.
  • We consciously support local merchants, and buy NZ made.
  • All our purchasing decisions endeavour to reduce packaging i.e. avoid wasteful products, reuse packaging.
  • We use cleaning products that are bio degradable and free of toxic chemicals.
  • We use natural hair and body care products.

Energy efficiency

  • Energy efficient technology is used throughout the lodge; we are members of the Zero and Low Energy Housing (ZALEH) project.
  • We generate most of our electricity using photovoltaic panels on the roof, and what we don’t use is sold back for our neighbours to use.
  • In summer our water is heated by the sun using solar panels on the roof, and stored in a 600 litre hot water tank.
  • In  winter our water is heated by a micro hydro system, using a Pelton wheel which is driven by water from a spring on the property.
  • The lodge was built using passive solar design principles.
  • Double glazing is installed throughout.
  • Our water supply is gravity fed, negating the need for pumping.
  • All our firewood is gathered from fallen trees and branches on the property.
  • Energy efficient appliances are used throughout the lodge.
  • All external walls are insulated using New Zealand wool insulation materials.
  • Our energy use is regularly monitored.
  • Lights and electrical equipment are turned off when they are not in use to conserve energy.
  • Energy saving/low wattage light bulbs are used where possible, especially in high use areas.
  • All washing is air dried on a clothes line.
  • We minimise the number of vehicle trips we make, and our vehicles are regularly serviced to ensure efficiency.
  • We were highly commended in the Best Use of Renewable Energy category of the Tasman Nelson Environment Awards 2009.

Recycling, water and waste systems

  • All kitchen waste is separated into five bins and then recycled.
  • Glass, aluminium, cardboard are recycled.
  • Vegetables are composted or fed to animals.
  • Our waste is regularly monitored.
  • We have an advanced waste water/effluent filtration system – 3 chamber bio feed.
  • Our water supply is from a spring – all gravity fed, no pumping.
  • We have a UV steriliser and filtration systems installed, therefore no chemicals are used.
  • Dual flush toilets are installed.
  • We have a guest towel and linen policy to minimise the amount of detergents and water we use.

Community involvement

  • We are involved in the local community, either as volunteers or by supporting local initiatives.
  • We are undertaking riparian planting along the streams on our property.
  • We have planted in excess of 5000 native trees and shrubs around the lodge that are attractive to birds. As a result, the dawn chorus is very special.
  • We are members of  local predator (rats and stoats) trapping programs that aim to protect our native birds. We also trap for rodents, stoats and possums, and control wasps and wild  goats on our property.