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Bruce Bay And Tasman Ocean With Rainforest South Westland New Zealand

Our Sustainability Mission

At Ribbonwood Retreat, nestled in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we are more than just an accommodation business. We are steadfast allies of UNESCO's mission to preserve our vibrant heritage for generations to come, aligning ourselves with sustainable tourism practices and honoring the Tiaki Promise. Our collective efforts aim to enhance both your stay and the overall well-being of Glacier Country, ultimately contributing positively to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Edible Garden At Ribbonwood Retreat Franz Josef Glacier West Coast New Zealand

Making Ribbonwood Retreat Greener

Our commitment to sustainability is evident through our broad spectrum of green initiatives. We take conscious steps to minimize our carbon footprint, including planting five hundred trees on our property and engaging in active carbon reduction and offsetting. In addition, we participate in environmental community projects as volunteers and prioritize recycling.

We believe in harnessing the potential of our land to its fullest extent. This includes creating our own soap in-house, growing food, and sourcing resources locally as much as possible, not just for us, but for our guests as well. Our efforts have also resulted in a thriving habitat for birds, making our retreat a haven for nature lovers.

Join us at Ribbonwood Retreat, where we pave the way for a sustainable future while offering an unforgettable experience amidst the stunning beauty of Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand's west coast.


Ōkārito Plant Project

Ribbonwood Retreat is a proud founding member of the Ōkārito Plant Project - an innovative initiative with a mission to preserve and restore biodiversity and the natural environment in South Westland. The project's foundation is that of a circular model whereby businesses both locally and abroad can become a member, contribute financially and physically (by planting out on the field) and raise awareness through their business activities. Visitors to the area then gain knowledge about the project and have the opportunity to donate, volunteer while they are in town (if there happens to be a planting day) and/or choose to support the collection of businesses who are official partners by booking their tour or buying their product. Supporting these businesses means you are indirectly supporting the Ōkārito Plant Project.

We encourage you to visit their website and read all about the latest planting projects and the work being done and find out how you can join us in making a difference.

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