Zero Carbon Weekender

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Arrive at Nelson Airport

Nelson airport is Zero Carbon certified with EKOS and the terminal has some wonderful sustainable features:

  • Measure their carbon footprint with EKOS
  • Built with local timbers
  • No air conditioning needed due to natural ventilation
  • Fill up your water bottle at the water fountain

Transport from the Airport

Pick up a rental car
Wine Art and Wilderness
  • Certified Climate Positive (EKOS), so all your transfers are already offset for you!
  • Will transfer you wherever you need to go as well as give you lots of experiences along the way

Visit: Nelson City

Take a walk in The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary

  • Zero Carbon – EKOS

Take an Art Gallery Tour or Wine & Art Tour with Wine, Art and Wilderness

  • Climate Positive – EKOS

Have a locally brewed beer at the Free House

  • Climate Positive – EKOS
Yum Granola

Visit: Fresh Choice Supermarket on Collingwood Street

Stock up on locally produced snacks and picnic supplies along the way. Look for the ‘Zero Carbon’ and ‘less than 200km’ labels!

 These companies are measuring and offsetting their carbon footprint

  • Yum Granola – Local and climate-positive organisation certified with EKOS
  • Chia Sisters drinks – Local and climate-positive organisation certified with EKOS
  • Mussel Inn (Beer, Cider & Gingerbeer) – Local and climate-positive organisation, certified with EKOS
  • Oaklands Milk and Appleby Farms Icecream  - Locally produced with A2 milk – Climate friendly with EKOS (measuring but not offsetting)

Stay two nights at Kaiteriteri beach: Kimi Ora Eco Resort

  • Certified Climate Positive with EKOS
  • Self-Contained and Serviced Accommodation
  • Spa treatments and packages available
  • Enjoy dinner at their yummy onsite vegetarian restaurant – The Views
01 Turissimo DaySailing Jumping Joy

Take a scheduled or private sailing charter with: Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures

  • Certified Zero Carbon with EKOS
  • Enjoy a relaxed cruise up the coastline
  • Enjoy a full day sail (requires a minimum of 4 adults booked)
  • Or combine with a Sail, Seals & Walk
  • Check seasonality

Dinner options

Drive to Marahau (9km each way offset your driving with EKOS)

  • Dine at Hooked on Marahau
  • Certified Zero Carbon with EKOS
  • Relaxed waterfront café, beer garden and restaurant in Marahau

Dinner inhouse at Kimi Ora Eco Resort

Walk into Kaiteriteri and dine at one of the many restaurants, including:

Vineyard Cyclists credit Gentle Cycling Company

Do you feel like an exhilarating adventure or a more relaxed cruise along the coastline?

Cycling Tasman’s Great Taste Trail with The Gentle Cycling Company

  • Certified Climate Positive (EKOS)
  • Airport pickups (transfer already offset)
  • Hire an Ebike and enjoy your trip on the Tasman's Great Taste Trail

Skydive Abel Tasman

  • See the region from above!! Views over the Abel Tasman Coastline and the mountains of Kahurangi National Park
  • Experience The Ultimate Thrill of Skydiving from 20,000ft, the highest in NZ!
  • The first skydiving company in the WORLD to offset their carbon footprint!
  • Carbonzero certified with Toitu

Enjoy the beautiful scenery

Take your time driving way back to Nelson Airport and enjoy the scenery of the vineyards and orchards surrounding our region.

We hope your enjoyment was enhanced by knowing that your holiday had only had a lighter footprint on the planet!

More information:

Nelson i-SITE CHAdeMO DCFC, Meenekes (Type 2), CCS DCFC $0.40 per kWh
Nelson New World CHAdeMO DCFC, CCS, DCFC $0.25/kWH + $0.25/min
Century Park Motor Lodge 2 Mennekes (Type 2)s $3.50 / hour
Nightingale Library Memorial - Tahunanui 2 Wall Outlet (3112)s ?
Richmond (Library Car Park) CHAdeMO DCFC, CCS, DCFC $0.40 per kWh
Richmond Top 10 Holiday Park Blue Commando, Caravan Mains Socket $2 / hour
The Pear Orchard Lodge Wall Outlet (3112), Caravan Mains Socket FOC for guests
Fernwood Holiday Park (Motueka) 3 Blue Commandos $5
Motueka (New World) CHAdeMO DCFC, CCS, DCFC $0.25/kWH + $0.25/min
Abel Tasman Lodge 2 Tesla Model S / Model Xs, Three Phase 32A Certified Climate PositivePOA
Golden Bay Visitor Centre - Takaka CHAdeMO DCFC, Meenekes (Type 2), CCS DCFC $0.40 per kWh
Takaka Camping & Cabins Caravan Mains Socket POA



Distance - kms

Cost to Offset

Air NZ make this easy!   

Wellington – Nelson return


$0.80 per person

Ekos - $2.84pp


Christchurch – Nelson return


$1.52 per person

Ekos $5.33pp


Auckland – Nelson return


$3.00 per person

Ekos $10.60pp





Day 1

Nelson Airport – Brook Sanctuary


0.12 cents


Brook Sanctuary – Nelson YHA


0.07 cents

Day 2

Nelson YHA – Marahau


0.77 cents

Day 3

Only if doing the sailing option

Mārahau – Kaiteriteri return


0.21 cents

Day 4

Mārahau - Motueka


0.29 cents


Motueka to Pics Peanut Butter Factory


0.47 cents


Motueka to Nelson Airport


0.07 cents






Total KMs travelled




Climate Positive (120% offset)



$2.50 per vehicle


Total carbon footprint of your holiday




Total cost to offset your holiday with EKOS



There are two companies which provide certification services for businesses, individuals and events to measure, calculate and then offset their carbon footprint to help reduce the impacts of climate change in New Zealand.

EKOS Certifications:

  • Zero Carbon: means a business has measured and offset 100% of the C02 emissions from all operating activities
  • Climate Positive: this means the business has committed to offsetting at least 120% of their measured C02 emissions
  • Carbon Friendly: not all businesses have the information or funds they need to do a full footprint measurement, or to go Zero Carbon just yet.  But these businesses are doing their best by measuring their emissions and offsetting what they can
  • Carbon Footprint: this is the first step in moving towards Zero Carbon. Ekos is helping these businesses calculate their C02 footprint, providing then with detailed carbon footprint report of emissions, highlighting hotspots and providing strategies for effective reductions

All Companies who are certified with EKOs Must:

  • Measure and reduce their carbon footprint every year
  • Offset what they can’t eliminate by buying carbon credits from approved carbon projects
  • These credits go towards developing projects that grow and protect indigenous forests. This ensures projects are robust, fair, and deliver a range of benefits including: biodiversity conservation, erosion control, water quality enhancement, & community development.


Toitū Certifications:

  • Toitū carbonreduce: businesses are measuring their C02 emissions and have put in place strategies to manage and reduce impacts.
  • Toitū carbonzero: businesses are measuring their C02 emissions, have put in place strategies to manage, reduce and offset their impacts

  • Swimming – at Marahau, tahuna beach,
  • Day walks – Centre of NZ, Brook Sanctuary,
  •  Stand up paddleboarding, waka, fly a kite, more biking, mtb,
  •  Taste local beer, wine cider, cheese, icecream

  •  Piick up rubbish!!
  • Use your own coffee cup
  • Refill your water bottle
  • Volunteer activities eg with DOC, Birdsong Trust, Brook Sanctuary

Take your time, go slow and see the sights at the perfect pace.

Enjoy unique experiences and connect with nature every day. Fall in love with Nelson Tasman in ways that make you feel great while leaving a light footprint. 

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