Our Environmental Promise to You:
Welcome to Anchorage Motel Apartments. We hope you enjoy your experience with us.
We believe in protecting the beautiful environment of Fiordland that we live in and enjoy, and want to ensure that both our children and your children and grandchildren can visit and enjoy it too.
Anchorage Motel has been participating in the Southland Sustainable Tourism Project to ensure that our business and guest experience can be the best it can from a sustainable viewpoint. We will try to actively reduce any adverse effects through buying wisely, using resources efficiently, disposing of waste responsibly, and providing an environmentally and socially responsible experience to our guests.
Anchorage Motel Apartments are reducing our energy demand by:
- Offering a towel and linen change agreement that ensures you are helping the environment by reducing energy and water use.
- Installing an extensive solar hot water system with the help of a government grant from www.eeca.govt.nz. Extensive monitoring is taking place as part of this project.
Anchorage Motel Apartments are reducing our waste by:
- Giving you the opportunity to recycle your rubbish.
- Composting garden waste and food scraps.
- Recycling soap products to bio fuel.
Anchorage Motel Apartments are conserving water by:
- Installing devices in taps and shower heads to reduce water volume.
- Installing dual-flush toilets in new and renovated bathrooms.
Anchorage Motel Apartments understands the importance of a wise buying policy by:
- Purchasing locally, which helps reduce carbon emission from transport.
- Buying toilet paper made in New Zealand.
- Buying products made in New Zealand.
Anchorage Motel Apartments understands that we are part of our local community and participate in it by:
- Supporting Te Anau Schools - both primary and high school in many different ways.
- Donation of plants for a garden at Te Anau Primary School.
- Donating accommodation to high school for various occasions.
- Sponsorship of local environmental projects:
Friends of Pomona Island www.pomona-island.org.nz
Stoat trapping project www.wjet.co.nz
- Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any feedback on any of these items please feel free to talk to ourselves our staff.
Eco tips for guests
- Save energy by turning the heating down/off when you don't need it.
- Save energy by switching off the lights when leaving your room.
- Save energy by being careful not to overfill the kettle in your room - use only as much water as you need.
- Save energy, water and detergent by re-using towels instead of having them replaced - hang them up if you'd like to reuse them. Put old towels, which need a wash, on the floor. Your comfort is of great importance to us, so don't feel guilty if you need to change your old towels!
- We'll recycle the waste you leave at the motel wherever we can, but please try to produce as little waste as you can when you're here - buy food with as little packaging as possible, reuse bags, etc.
Out and about
- Recycle your rubbish where you can, saving resources and reducing pollution - there are recycling facilities for cans, glass bottles, jars, newspapers and magazines in the town centre recycle station.
- Shop locally and buy ethically produced products wherever you can. Try to avoid clone town chain stores, however local they might be, and avoid shopping in supermarkets as much as possible - don't let them boom at the expense of local shops. Use reusable or compostable bags wherever possible.
- Eat and drink organic, local and fair trade food and drink - and help to support local and vulnerable communities, protect the environment and improve animal welfare.
- Cut emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants by coming here on public transport. If you've come by car, use it only when you need to - it's better for the planet if you use less polluting alternatives like the bus, train, bicycle, or even your own legs. Follow the Countryside Code.
- Respect the community and find out about Southland by talking to the locals.
- Use a carbon offset scheme that enables you to offset your climate-change-causing carbon dioxide emissions, and go carbon neutral. There are many organisations about that can help you calculate how much carbon is produced as a result of your travelling.
- They'll suggest a financial contribution you can make, which will then be invested in green energy projects. See www.carbonzero.co.nz
- Although carbon offsetting is a useful tool, it's best to avoid emitting so much carbon dioxide in the first place by, for example, using public transport as much as possible.