responsible tourism - it's in your nature
The vision for Ocean Ridge has always been ‘it’s in your nature’. The major design criteria of this master planned eco’ development is the provision of open space, the expansion and protection of native planting areas, and careful attention to integrating the development into the natural environment. With 50 hectares of new protected plantings in the dryland, riparian and wetland areas plus the extensive amenity plantings in the reserves, road ways, lakes and gardens, over 170,000 native plants have been established in Ocean Ridge, so far…
As part of ‘our vision’ we have adopted the following principals to demonstrate to you, our guests, that we are passionate about this environment we are immersed in:
We have embraced this vision and taken ownership of it so now… ‘it’s in our nature’
We at The Fairways welcome the opportunity to share this with you. We have initiated the Ocean Ridge Track Guide and Map enclosed in this compendium for your benefit so you can visit the native planting restoration areas and participate in the success of the restoration by clearing grass around the native plants or even take a bag of fertiliser available at Reception and feed the plants. You can then return in years to come to witness the growth of the trees which are so vital in reducing our carbon footprint.
We are serious about looking after our part of Kaikoura and wish to thank you
for playing your part so that you leave this place with a sense that.
it's in our nature.. as well.
The Fairways is reducing demand on energy through the
- We have provided energy efficient heated towel rails to not only
dry your towels, but warm the bathrooms.
- We have also provided the highest ‘Platinum’ range of linen and
towels which have far greater comfort and drying capacity. When
combined with the heated towel rails this reduces discharges of
detergents and waste water.
- All the appliances installed at The Fairways are the best energy efficient
- Low-energy eco bulbs are installed in all our external lighting
- 50% of the internal lighting is fitted with dimmers to allow guests
to create mood and save power.
- Provision of drying racks for use instead of the electric dryer.
- We have recently retro-fitted the most up to date Daiken inverters
to heat and cool your apartment during your stay. These cost
16c an hour to operate, compared to the gas fires which cost up
to $3.50 an hour on full power.
The Fairways is reducing waste by:
- Providing you with the opportunity to recycle your rubbish at our
on-site recycling centre. This dramatically reduces the amount of
waste going to landfill. Kaikoura’s goal is for zero waste and we
can support this by sorting our own waste as much as possible.
- Removing single-served packaged portions from our breakfast
menu by providing café prepared breakfasts served on crockery.
- Not printing unnecessary emails and printing only double-sided.
- Offering you facilities to get news online or by TV sooner than
daily newspapers, unless by request.
- Installing in-sink disposal units for organic waste. This gets used
in the treatment plant to feed micro-organisms which break down
- Buying from suppliers who use environmentally-friendly
packaging options in bio-degrable containers where possible.
The Fairways is conserving water by:
- Installing devices in taps and shower heads to reduce water
volume without compromising pressure.
- Using only water efficient washing machines.
- Installing dual flush toilets.
- Reducing garden watering by planting locally grown native plants
and drought tolerant grass.
- Our water is considered by the locals as the best in town. It is
treated with UV and is non-chlorinated - enjoy a glass and taste
The Fairways participates in the support of the Ocean Ridge
Native Planting Restoration project by:
- Providing slow release fertilizer and plant care information with
the Ocean Ridge Track Guide and Map to encourage guests to
participate in the success of this restoration project.
- Contributing considerable time towards managing, maintaining,
propagation, and planting of the native restoration area.
- Active involvement in pest control to assist the bird population.
- Establishing a communal vegetable garden at Ocean Ridge where
local residents can plant, grow and harvest their own produce.
The Fairways is reducing pollution of waterways, noise, air and
- Discharging all stormwater from roof and hardstand areas into
grass swales and infiltration basins.
- Noise insulating our apartments.
- Regularly tuning our vehicles to help reduce carbon emissions.
- Reducing the number of trips into town by multi-tasking
- Installing exterior lighting with hoods and timers so as to
minimize light spill.
- Establishing over 2500 native trees, shrubs and grasses to offset
our [and your] carbon footprint.
- Providing power to run the aeration pump [whale spout] in the
lake to optimize water quality and to enhance the biota of the
- Using bikes where practicable; just a 15 minute ride into town.
- Buying from suppliers who support the Environmental Choice Trade Mark
The Fairways understands that we’re part of our local community and participate in it by:
- Establishing a local business association to facilitate networking
and working together. Stephan is the Chairman of this business
association called EnVision Kaikoura. This also involves sending
out monthly newsletters to members to encourage them in
EnVision initiatives, such as Ambassador Kaikoura, Hands
on Kaikoura and supporting communication between local
- Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the local Kaikoura Primary School and Parent Representative on the Kaikoura High School Board of Trustees.
- Training local staff to commit to our environmental practices.
- Sponsoring local events
- Sarah Teaches at the Kaikoura High School
- Serving on the Kaikoura Community Facilities Charitable Trust to
facilitate the design and construction of a community sports and
- Using local catering companies for breakfasts and in-house
dining rather than buying in pre-packaged food.
- Stephan is involved in the community through coaching rugby
and swimming as this is a central part of the Kaikoura culture
involving our children.