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  • Writer's pictureJulie Wolbers

Ribbonwood Retreat: A Founding Member of the Ōkārito Plant Project


Aoraki/Mount Cook Southern Alps Of New Zealand On Blue Sunny Day In Fox Glacier With Farm Paddocks During Riparian Planting Day Okarito Plant Project

Nestled in the serene heart of New Zealand's Glacier Country, Ribbonwood Retreat has always been more than just a lodging place. For over two decades, we've committed ourselves to sustainability and the preservation of the stunning landscape that surrounds us. Today, we are thrilled to announce our latest venture - becoming a founding member of the Ōkārito Plant Project.


The Ōkārito Plant Project is an ambitious, community-driven initiative aimed at restoring the native flora of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. The project focuses on growing native plants from locally sourced seeds, thereby ensuring the preservation of the unique biodiversity of the region's ecosystem.



As a founding member of the project, Ribbonwood Retreat will play a significant role in this restoration process and our commitment goes beyond merely planting trees, making generous donations both financially and volunteer hours out on the field planting trees. We also create an experience at our accommodation where guests can immerse themselves in the essence of the project and learn all about it should they be interested. We aim to create a sanctuary where guests can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature. They can learn about the native flora during their stay at Ribbonwood Retreat, help plant trees, sponsor a tree or even join us on a planting day - a way to help offset a traveler's carbon footprint.



We believe that everyone can be a part of this exciting initiative. Whether you choose to get your hands dirty or prefer to support the cause from afar, your involvement will make a difference. You'll be contributing to a legacy - a thriving, resilient ecosystem that future generations can enjoy.


Join us in our journey towards environmental stewardess. Together, we can ensure the continued beauty and biodiversity of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, one plant at a time.


At Ribbonwood Retreat, we're not just offering a place to stay - we're inviting you to be a part of something bigger. So, come, experience the charm of Glacier Country and play your part in preserving its natural wonders.



For more information on how to get involved with the Okarito Plant Project during your stay at Ribbonwood Retreat, please contact us. We look forward to welcoming you into our community of nature lovers and conservationists.




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