Our Environment

Nomad Safaris has a strong commitment to the environment and we take active steps to minimise the impact of our operations on both the local and global environment.

We are Qualmark Enviro Gold endorsed, which means we have the highest rating of New Zealand companies for our sustainability practices.

We have won numerous environmental awards including the Sustainable Business Network Trailblazer Award 2008 and New Zealand Tourism Environemental  Awards in 2004 and 2006.  We have also won local council environmental awards for our water conservation and recycling efforts.

Each member of staff is trained in eco-friendly driving techniques that minimise fuel consumption and the impact the vehicles have on the local environment.

Everyone who is employed by us is also made aware of energy conservation, waste minimisation, sustainability and environmental emergency reaction procedures.  We recycle a significant amount of our waste and staff separate waste when disposing of it into what can and cannot be recycled.

We only have cold water taps and only heat water as we need it for customer refreshments thus saving on energy usage.

Nomad Safaris also undertakes a range of environmental projects and actively encourages members of the public to participate. Please contact us for information on the next environmental day if you are interested in volunteering.

Wilding Tree Control

Settlers introduced exotic plants and invasive weeds into New Zealand and did not realise the impact this would have on our native species, ecosystems and conservation lands. Wilding pines are one of the most aggressive of these exotic species. Wilding trees not only affect the visual nature of the environment, but also the native plant and animal communities and impact soil composition and acidity and water yields. Nomad Safaris organises regular volunteer days during the summer months to clear large areas of these trees.

We run CSR days where corporates book with us to  spend time culling the wilding pines.  These days are extremely well received and time is spent out in the open on Queenstown Hill Station pulling up wilding pines.  They are great fun and are enjoyed by the delegates.  A lot of ground is covered on each event, as they say, many hands make light work!   Transport is in our 4WD vehicles to access the locations and the whole event is turned into a fun day.   A local company, Wilding & Co, has pioneered disitlling the pine oil from the culled trees and we can also involve them to demonstrate how the work done is turned into a very desirable essential oil product.  So the delegates can actually see the positive benefits of their work over a lunch organised at the sheep station woolshed to finish a fun CSR event.

Rubbish Collecting Days

Rubbish Collecting MacetownMacetown is an area of outstanding beauty that attracts many visitors every year, often resulting in litter being left behind.  As Nomad Safaris is one of the regular users of the Macetown track we organise rubbish collection days with staff and volunteers, keeping this wild landscape pristine for future visitors.  We do this as part of the Arrowtown Autumn Festival and anyone is welcome to join us.

NZ Gold Panning Championships

This is an event we have aligned ourselves with as volunteers and organisers.  The company donates time and help to make sure this event happens each ywar.  Also aligned with the Arrowtown Autumn Festival, it is run through the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust.   Competitors from all over New Zealand and Australia come to compete and win the title of NZ Gold Panning Champion.  The winner is then funded to represent Nz in Australia the next year.

It is our aim to ensure that the ‘sport’ of gold panning is kept thriving and to celebrate the European pioneer s who settled in Otagoas part of the New Zealand Gold Rush.  One day we would like to hold the World Gold Panning Championships in the Southern Lakes….

Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust

Nomad Safaris is a founder member of this Trust.  We are working to bring the bird song back to the valleys.


Our Directors are on the Board of the Trust and we have made this our Charity of choice for donations via our website when booking a tour with us.

This project is significant and we are fully engaged with the government’s Pest Free by 2050 initiaitve.