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Bush & Beyond Guided Treks

Scott's Beach on West Coast

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+64 3 528 9054

+64 3 528 9054

35 School Rd, RD 3
Motueka, 7161
New Zealand

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Bush and Beyond

Bush and Beyond is owned and operated by Bill Rooke and Maryann Ewers, and have been operating for 11 years. In 2001 Bush & Beyond won the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow award for the Pacific Regions National Parks and Protected areas, for it's dedication to conservation education.

On all trips conservation education on New Zealand's fragile environment, is a feature. On some trips a conservation project - Friends of Flora - will be shown and explained to clients. This project was initiated by Bush & Beyond and is a community project aimed at eradicating introduced predators which are decimating our native bird life.

Kahurangi is New Zealand's second largest and most diverse national park. It has the highest number of plant species than any other national park in New Zealand. It has 80% of all alpine species as compared to 50% and less in other parks. Rare bird species are present, including Great Spotted Kiwi, Blue Duck, Falcon, Kea and Kaka. Landscapes vary from coastal palm finged beaches, ancient southern beech forest, river valleys, to tussock grasslands and rugged mountains.

Trips vary from comfortable lodge stay to off track wildeness muti-day treks, including the renown Heaphy Track, New Zealand's most diverse flora walk. A wide range of other trips are available and we can arrange tailor made trips for clients special needs.

On multi-day wilderness walks, Department of Conservation huts are used, and at times tents. The huts are basic but comfortable, with shared bunk rooms and heating, but no electricity or shower facilities. On the more comfortable trips we have access to lodge style accommodation, one being in an alpine area - and one on the coast. Mulit-day trips with only daypacks, can be run from these locations.

On multi-day wilderness trips clients are expected to carry their own personal gear, e.g. sleeping bag, clothing etc.

Costs are fully inclusive of food, hut passes etc with complimentary transport ex Nelson or Motueka.

EcoTourism Policies

Tourism Working with Conservation

Tourism is now a major foreign revenue earner for New Zealand. It is one of the fastest growing industries world-wide. The projected forecast for New Zealand is huge. This may be good for the economy, but has a down side as well.

New Zealand has an extremely fragile natural environment. A great deal of the emphasis placed on attracting tourists to New Zealand is on adventure activities such as rafting, kayaking, bunji jumping, skiing and scenery. None of these things are unique to New Zealand - what is unique is our endemic flora and fauna, and sadly it isn’t in good shape.

This uniqueness has been expressed perfectly by eminent American biologist Jared Diamond, “New Zealand is the closest we can come to studying evolution on another planet.“ New Zealand was the last major landmass on earth to feel the brunt of human occupation. Man first arrived here only approximately 700 to 800 years ago (in contrast Australia had its first immigrants approx. 40 - 50,000 years ago).

After 80 million years of isolation, New Zealand had evolved into one of the most remarkable and fragile environments on earth. A land of amazing birds and a unique endemic flora. The destruction caused by man in the past shouldn’t be harped on if we are to move on, but we shouldn’t be afraid to tell the true story. At the turn of the 21st century, many New Zealanders are still unaware of the true state of our natural environment, and the effort being made to save what’s left, falls short of what is necessary.

We endeavour to leave our clients with a greater understanding of the need to protect what we have left of our wilderness and to encourage people to support conservation projects. Bush & Beyond was instrumental in forming the ‘Friends of Flora’ conservation group now trapping introduced predators in the Mount Arthur area. Many of Bush & Beyond clients have contributed financially to the project.

Education is the key to exposing the myths associated with New Zealand’s so called ‘Clean Green’ image. Bush & Beyond has a philosophy of not being afraid to speak the truth, but at the same time, showing people what a very special place Kahurangi National Park is.

Conservation Donation

For every client booking, Bush & Beyond gives a donation to the ‘Friends of Flora” conservation programme.

Friends of Flora

Friends of Flora was formed in 2001 as an incorporated society, with the object of implementing a conservation strategy to bring about the protection of and/or return of endangered and threatened native flora and fauna of the Flora catchment area in Kahurangi National Park.

The society now has approximately 30 kilometres of trap lines, with all traps at 100metre spacings. Also a wasp eradication programme is in place. Bird monitoring is also part of the societies programme. The Blue Duck (Whio) is the societies emblem. This rare bird has been decimated in recent years by introduced predators.

For further information contact Friends of Flora, Maryann Ewers (secretary) care of Bush & Beyond.


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