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Conservation

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Conservation

Conservation Management Statement

“The operators of the Hollyford Track are committed to the prudent management and sustained preservation of the conservation estate in which it exists. The company appreciates and honours the opportunity it has to operate within Fiordland National Park and Te Wāhi pounamu, a unique environment that deserves respect and care. Despite this protected area being increasingly sought for its wilderness quality, the Hollyford Track management demands of itself and all its guests the preservation of its beauty for all future generations.”


Initiatives

DOC support - we have a very strong relationship with DOC providing support for their track maintenance, predator & weed control and various monitoring projects wherever possible.
Stoat Trapping - we have independently laid down stoat trapping lines in the Long Reef, Hollyford Valley area for the protection of the rare, Fiordland Crested Penguin.
Energy Efficiency - we have repowered our jet boats to 43% more fuel efficient diesel engines, and have installed battery banks and energy efficient appliances, in both of our lodges, to cut down on generator time.
Recycling - we have a composting and recycling programme in place and fly all our recycling out of the valley.

Laying stoat trapsPenguin Chick

Wildlife

As part of our commitment to conservation in the Hollyford and preservation of the unique wildlife of this area. Since 2009 we introduced our own predator trapping programme targeting stoats and other introduced pests that have a significant detrimental impact on the local wildlife. 25 stoat box traps were purchased and our staff laid 19 of these around the Long Reef area where the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins nest, four along Martins Bay Spit where native and endangered coastal and sea birds nest in the sand and two around Martins Bay Lodge.

Throughout the season our staff set, bait and monitor the traps. We also continue our trapping programme throughout the winter to help towards what will hopefully be a successful and safe breeding season, in particular for the Fiordland Crested Penguin. We would like to pass on a big thank you to the Te Anau locals who have sponsored 16 of our 25 traps.