Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.
Tiaki means to care for people and place. The Tiaki promise is an initiative by Tourism New Zealand to show our commitment to preserve New Zealand for current and future generations.
As visitors to New Zealand, our guests also have a responsibility to keep our home beautiful. Our team at Getaway Te Anau are passionate about this movement and have put together some tips for our guests to show their support for the Tiaki Promise.
“Care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace”
Reusable bags – purchase a few reusable bags, they’re cheap as chips and can be used from supermarkets to general carry bags. Super handy for day to day use.
Reusable coffee cups – Big coffee drinker? Instead of one-time use coffee cups, hand over your reusable cup at the counter. They keep your coffee hotter for longer to!
No plastic bottles – NZ has some of the cleanest, tastiest water in the world. No need to stock up on water from the store, drink and fill up your drink bottle directly from the tap.
Rubbish/Trash – Please don’t leave rubbish lying around when you leave your campsite. Public bins are accessible around NZ for your convenience.
Walking/Cycling – It may not always be possible but if you can, offset your emissions and make the most of our beautiful country. Take it all in by hiring a bike or walking to your destination.
Keep to the path – If you’re planning on taking a walk in our beautiful Native bush, help to preserve our fauna and flora by sticking to the track. (Side note: always tell someone where you’re going when venturing into the New Zealand wilderness)
Wildlife – If you come across any wildlife, please don’t approach or feed it. Human food is often not digestion friendly to animals.
“Travel safely, Showing care and consideration for all”
If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand from overseas, no doubt you’ll be excited about jumping in that rental car or campervan, hitting the road and making the most of the incredible vistas our beautiful country has to offer. It may be a good idea to take a minute or two to check out our road rules to ensure the smooth sailing of your holiday. The Drive Safe website has some great tips coupled with easy to follow pictures that cover the basics and will have you driving like a local.
We’ve also put our heads together and thought up a few pointers that will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable roady! Click here to take a look at our New Zealand Roads Blog
“Respect culture, travelling with an open heart and mind”
Understanding New Zealand - and New Zealanders - means understanding the influence of Māori people and culture.
The Maori people have inhabited New Zealand for thousands of years and take great pride in the Maori culture as well as the land and resources that come with it. When traveling to New Zealand from overseas it is important to respect and embrace Maori values, customs and of course, the land.
Manaakitanga – Refers to showing hospitality, kindness and respect for others. This is a value we would hope all New Zealanders live by – call us bias but we think Southern hospitality is second to none. Our team at Getaway Te Anau prides themselves in showing respect and making our visitors feel at home during their stay with us. New Zealand welcomes international visitors from all over the world, so it is important that visitors also take responsibility to show tolerance towards other cultures.
Understanding Kiwi culture
We are quite certain that you will very quickly realise that kiwis are extremely relaxed, but there are a few social guidelines you may not be familiar with.
1. Never sit on a surface used for preparing or eating food.
2. Keep to the left when walking on a footpath.
3. Kiwis are very friendly, don’t be afraid to smile or say a quick “hello” to passers-by.
4. Kiwis are used to wide open spaces. We recommend respecting each other’s bubbles, so make the most of all the extra space.
5. Part of the kiwi charm is a great sense of humour which usually comes in the form of extreme sarcasm. Don’t take anything too seriously!
Maori Language – Travel edition
Te reo (Te reh-oh) – The Maori language
Kiaora (Key ah-aura) – Hello
Morena (More-ren-ah) - Good Morning
Nō... au (Nor… Oh) – I’m from...
Ka kite anō (Car key-te ah-nor) – See you again
Ka pai! (car pie) – Good work!
Aotearoa (Ah-or-te-ah-raw-ah) – New Zealand
Haere mai (High-reh my) – Welcome
Kei te pai (Kay te pie) – You’re welcome
Kai (Kah ee) – Food
Kia mihi (Key ah mi-he) – Thank you