Stunning natural landscapes abound here in Nelson Tasman. We love to share the sheer beauty of our golden sands, mountain peaks, clear lakes, native bush, abundant birdlife and marine wonderland with visitors, and have a vision to become New Zealand's most sustainable visitor destination.

Travelling with a light footprint in Nelson Tasman is easy, with a range of local businesses that put the sustainability at the heart of everything they do. From the accommodation providers that are completely off-grid to New Zealand's first climate positive pub, we've put together a list below to make crafting your own light footprint holiday a breeze.

Many businesses in Nelson Tasman are are certified Carbon Zero or Positive. To achieve this certification they must first measure and reduce their CO2 emissions and offset any unavoidable emissions by buying Carbon Credits. Ekos and Toitū provide Carbon certifications and advice.

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From eco-friendly chalets set amongst lush native bush to central city apartments by the river, there are a number of accommodation providers in Nelson Tasman doing their bit for the environment.

Placing sustainability at the centre of their business can include recycling, efficient lighting solutions, minimising plastic, implementing refillable alternatives to single-use toiletries, air drying linen and using non-toxic cleaning products.

Activity options with a low environmental impact abound in Nelson Tasman. Our natural outdoor playground is popular for paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, walking and more, and we have a huge selection of businesses that are taking steps to minimise their impact.

This includes those that monitor and minimise fuel consumption for boats through technology, educate customers about the environment, encourage them to donate to local environmental projects, provide bus or carpool services or provide reusable or refillable products.

Our local food and beverage businesses are leading the way in caring for the environment by using refillable, recyclable or compostable packaging, repurposing and minimising food waste, growing their own produce, using eco-friendly cleaning products and promoting reusable cups.