Peppers Awaroa Lodge, Able Tasman National Park
What does it mean to be an eco lodge?
Peppers Awaroa Lodge is a contributor to the Nelson-Tasman Sustainable Tourism Charter.
The Nelson-Tasman Sustainable Tourism Charter is a regionally defined vision of what sustainable tourism means for local tourism businesses. The key themes of the charter incorporate environmental, social, cultural and economic factors of sustainability.
The charter recognises the fact that a business must be financially viable, and helps identify simple, practical and achievable actions to improve sustainability and deliver long-term financial savings.
Peppers Awaroa Lodge is Earth Check Benchmarked Bronze Status. This is a world-wide recognised standard for Eco Tourism and an important aspect of the way we manage and market the lodge.
The geographical location of Peppers Awaroa Lodge means it is difficult and expensive to dispose of any type of rubbish. National Parks in New Zealand operate on the principal that what you take in with you, you take out including all your personal rubbish. All clean material is recycled. Individual products are packed into woolpacks and sent to the recycling depot in Takaka. This includes such things as tin, paper, cardboard, plastics. Glass is crushed onsite and used in concrete products. All food scraps are composted and recycled as fertiliser for the lodge’s organic garden
The abundant organic garden at Peppers Awaroa Lodge has a major influence on the menu. Catch the chef picking seasonal greens and herbs daily. Where possible organic produce and breads are sourced for your health and pleasure. The lodge operates on the principal of 'we feed the soil and the soil feeds the plants'. Decomposed materials, green and animal manures are fed into the soil using the following methods:
The gardens have worms everywhere. Coffee and tea leftovers are fed to the worms which then 'produces' a humus-like output. Basically, the worms turn organic compost matter into the most natural soil enrichment available.
Bokashi is a japanese term which means 'fermented organic matter'. It is an anaerobic fermentation process where the left over food and kitchen waste are put through a cycle that produces a humus-like output which is essential for the soil. Large black drums are used for composting and after several weeks, the decomposed materials are fed back into the garden. You can compost anything from food scraps both cooked and uncooked, egg shells, coffee grind and tea bags!
There is an abundance of wildlife in the Abel Tasman National Park. At Peppers Awaroa Lodge, the team take great care to develop and restore the wetland area so that native plants and animals can thrive in this environment. Birds such as the paradise duck and native Pukeko are often seen in this area and you will spot the giant eels in the water. You will often hear the song of the tui or bellbird amidst the peaceful tranquility of the lodge and surrounding areas. There are many native plants and trees including the manuka and kanuka trees, harakeke (flax ) as well as native ferns. The Abel Tasman National Park is also home to many sea birds including the dotterel, tern and oyster catcher.
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