Leave No Trace

At Auckland Sea Kayaks we are passionate about improving the state of our environment by leaving no trace, educate our guests and doing beach cleanups when possible. We employ staff who are qualified master educator in the Seven Principles of the Leave No Trace movement.

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The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace that is followed on all Auckland Sea Kayaks tours and courses.

► PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
Plan ahead by considering your goals and those of your group. Know
before you go- get local information, skills and gear you need to make your
trip a success.
► TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE GROUND
Some areas are more fragile than others. Choose to camp and travel on
the most durable surface you can, the best ones are tracks, gravel, snow
and most grasses. Impacts on fragile natural features caused by travel and
camping can take many years to heal.
► DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
Pack it in, pack it out. As users of the outdoors we all have a responsibility
to clean up after ourselves. Rubbish and toilet waste are unsightly and can
introduce unwanted organisms into the environment. Lead by example, if
you see rubbish, pick it up.
► LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
People visit natural areas for many reasons; such as exploring nature’s
mysteries and surprises. When we leave natural objects and artifacts as we
found them, we pass the gift of discovery on to those who follow. Many
sites of spiritual and cultural significance to Māori are interwoven with the
natural environment.
► MINIMISE THE EFFECTS OF FIRE
Local regulations and conditions change depending on time of year and
location. Lightweight stoves, fire pans and mounds mean campfires are
no longer essential for cooking or comfort. Wildfires are often caused
by carelessness and the natural appearance of many recreation sites has
been damaged by campfires, visual scarring and stripping vegetation for
firewood.
► RESPECT WILDLIFE AND FARM ANIMALS
Know when animals are particularly vulnerable, such as breeding times,
and change your behaviour with them by observing from a distance.
Avoid feeding animals either deliberately or accidentally by leaving food
or rubbish lying around. Farming is a big part of New Zealand’s culture
and economy, know how to move through farms without disturbing farm
animals.
► BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS
We all go into the outdoors for different reasons, so we must share. Think
about others, respect their activities and what they might be trying to get
out of their recreational experience.