At Black Sheep, we are passionate about the environment. We encourage you to download our full environmental policy here ( Environmental Policy 2013
), but in brief:
Q. What are the advantages of Small-group Travel?
A. It is the perfect blend of flexibility, personalized service and
minimized environmental impact. See the graph in our environmental
policy to see how our tours compare to other modes of travel in
regard to impact.
Q. How do we minimize our contribution to global warming?
A. We minimize our production of greenhouse gases in the following
• We utilize the latest in fuel-efficient vehicles.
• Our offices use the latest in energy-efficient technologies.
We then offset our production of greenhouse gases by purchasing
carbon credits through an accredited carbon offset scheme.
The cost of the carbon credits we purchase are already incorporated
into the cost of your tour.
Q. How do we manage our social and cultural impacts?
A. Tourism walks the tightrope between exploring and exploiting local
conservation estate and culture. We cherish the splendid isolation and
serenity New Zealand offers and yet diminish it each time we visit.
Careful stewardship of our conservation land estate is critical for its
In New Zealand, the Department of Conservation (www.doc.govt.nz)
oversees this process through their Concessionaire programme. This
programme controls the use of the conservation estate and ensures
that impacts from the use of the land are minimized and kept within
Black Sheep is proud to hold a Department of Conservation
Concession (PAC 10-06-229).