Traveling Greenz · Destinations
Preparing Your Greenz Travel
It’s travelling with a conscious mind. Discovering the country, people and environment in a respectful manner and being aware of your own buying power. Choosing to stay at eco-conscious accommodation, renting an electric car or using the coach and train network will have a fantastic and powerful impact and will help steer New Zealand tourism towards a more sustainable industry.
Travelling Greenz doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to compromise or give up on some comforts. We are lucky to be working with a small but amazing network of like-minded partners across the country. Some off-grid accommodations are ranking in the top 20 places to stay in New Zealand!
Travelling Greenz is also accepting to slow down to give a chance for Magic to happen… At Greenz Travel, we are also keen travellers ourselves, so we understand inside out what makes the difference between a good holiday and a fantastic one!
To us, it’s about the connections you make along the way… with people, nature and places.
There’s nothing technical or difficult about charging your Electric Vehicle or Tesla. New Zealand still has a long way to go but the network of EV charging stations is growing daily with currently 130 fast charging stations around the country (taking anywhere between a couple of hours to 30 minutes to charge your vehicle to 95%).
In order to charge up your vehicle, you will need to open an account on either the ChargeNet or PlugShare network as you can’t pay directly at the charging stations.
You will need stations using CHAdeMO pluging. The rental company will provide you with a CHAdeMO/Tesla adaptor.
Because we currently only encourage the Tesla Model S for long distance travel, your Tesla will source and find close-by charging stations for you so you are never taken by surprise. Greenz Travel will also plan your itinerary taking into account when the vehicle will need to be charged and the proximity/ease of access of a fast charging station. Our Green Indulgence Eco-tour is planned around the location of ‘’Superchargers’’ and ‘’Destination chargers’’ to minimize waiting time while charging your vehicle so you can spend more time exploring!
More info on charging your Tesla here: https://www.tesla.com/en_NZ/support/charging-go
Staying Green and eco-conscious while travelling can be daunting and challenging. By travelling with Greenz Travel, you have already taken a big step towards sustainability and eco-tourism, as all our providers engage in:
✓ Eco-conscious practices
✓ Ethical Practices
✓ Fair Labour & workers wellness
✓ New Zealand Economic Growth
✓ Industry Innovation and sustainable infrastructure development
✓ Ecological & community engagement
Now, here are a few tips to be more sustainable and eco-friendly while travelling:
✓ Pack light: lower your carbon footprints by limiting your bags weight: the lighter the plane is, the lower the emissions!
✓ Be considerate to others: learn and respect their culture and traditions, engage and share with them.
✓ Act sustainably in your accommodation: let the housekeeping know you don’t need a daily room clean, or a change of towels. Take short showers, don’t use towel rails, turn off the lights and all the electric appliances when going out, don’t use the air-conditioning, open the windows and let the fresh New Zealand breeze cool you down.
✓ Consume responsibly: bring a re-usable bag when shopping (they make great souvenirs too!), avoid buying items wrapped in plastic bags, say no to plastic bags when offered, buy locally made souvenirs and art and crafts made by local artists.
✓ Travel with a reusable water bottle and coffee/teacup (you will find plenty of places to fill-up your water), pack planted based toiletry and try shower get & shampoo bars.
✓ Leave no trace: take your rubbish with you and dispose of it responsibly (general waste, recycle, compost), pick litter found in the wild and put it in the rubbish, travel with carbon zero transportation.
Be a responsible traveller and follow the Tiaki Promise at all time!
New Zealand is only 400km wide but 1,600km long giving it a wide temperature range and sets of sub-climates. From the sub-tropical far North to the fiords of the South, you will travel through glaciers, farmland, rainforest, wetland… New Zealand experiences four seasons, similar to Europe and North America but less marked and with milder temperatures year-round.
Our summer stretches from December to February and this is the most popular time of the year for travelling.
Spring (September-November) and Autumn (March-May) have milder temperatures and less predictive weather: they are good seasons if you want to avoid peak prices and too many people!
Winter (June-August) remains a good time to travel with more competitive prices, with often cold but sunny days and the magic of snow peaked mountains.
In general, New Zealand is very casual and relaxed with dress standards.
For general day to day touring, comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing are ideal. Be prepared for “4 seasons in one day”: Layering is the rule in New Zealand as the weather can be very unpredictable and temperature can vary to as much as 10 Degree in the space of an hour.
Dress for the season but always bring a waterproof jacket for outdoor activities as there is always a chance of rain.
Due to New Zealand’s high level of ultraviolet radiation it is highly advisable to wear a hat and sunglasses if spending time in the sun, and to use sunblock even if the day is overcast.
A smart pair of jeans and a shirt will be enough in the smartest restaurants.
New Zealand relies heavily on agricultural and horticultural trade and there are stringent regulations governing the import of animal and fruit/vegetable matter. All passengers are required to complete a passenger arrival card and proceed through customs and biosecurity checks on arrival in New Zealand. Heavy fines are payable for passengers who do not make a true declaration of items they are bringing into New Zealand. Further information on customs formalities can be found at www.customs.govt.nz
From October 2019, travellers from the 60 countries that currently have visa waivers, will need to hold an ETA before travelling to New Zealand. Transiting passengers will also be required to have an ETA. More details can be found at:
Here is a list of our favourite sustainable restaurants and cafes offering local and fresh produces! This list is non-exhaustive so there are plenty more great places out there: feel free to let Greenz Travel know about your findings!
Maha restaurant 190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Amano 66 – 68, Tyler Street, Britomart , Auckland
Little Bird kitchen Cnr Summer St & Ponsonby Rd , Auckland
Odette Eatery City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St , Auckland
Orphans Kitchen 118 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn , Auckland
Ortolana 33 Tyler Street , Auckland
Pasture 235 Parnell Road, Parnell , Auckland
Scarecrow 33 Victoria Street East, Auckland
The Store 5B Gore St , Auckland
NAPIER / HASTINGS
Hapī Ora 89 Hastings Street, Napier
Taste Cornucopia 219 Heretaunga St East, Hastings
The Whole Food Kitchen (Chantal) 45 Hastings St, Napier
Winery – Stonecroft (tasting room only) 121 Mere Road Hastings
Flight Coffee Hangar 177 Willis Street, Te Aro , Wellington
Neo Café 132 Willis Street , Wellington
Shepherd restaurant 1/5 Eva Street, Hannah’s Laneway , Wellington
Rātā Café 53 Waiapu Road, Karori , Wellington
Wellington Chocolate Factory, 5 Eva Street , Wellington
Herb + Olive 62 High Street, Blenheim
Vine Village Café 193 Rapaura Road, Blenheim
Winery – Fromm (tasting room only) 15 Godfrey Road, RD 2, Blenheim
Winery – Yealands (tasting room only) Corner of Seaview and Reserve Roads, Seddon
C1 Espresso Corner High & Tuam Streets, Christchurch
Gathering 5/2 Papanui Road, Merivale
The Lotus Heart 363 St Asaph St, Christchurch
The shroom room 48 London Street, Lyttleton
The origin 95 Westminster Street, Corner of Cranford & Westminster Street,
Untouched World 155 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
Dux dine 28 Riccarton Road, Christchurch
Bear Lion Foods Shop 3, Carnaby Lane, 78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton
Fleurs Place at the Old Jetty, Moeraki
Bespoke Kitchen 9 Isle street, Queenstown
Sherwood 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
Vudu Café 16 Rees St, Queenstown
Frank’s eatery 24 Hawthorne Dr, Frankton, Queenstown
Rata Dining Te Nuku, 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown
Akarua and Artisan 265 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown
Shop for local souvenirs or come and taste some yummy produces grown and made by local farmers and artisans: beautiful craft, fruits, veggies, pickles, baking… the craft & farmers markets are a great place to stroll, buy souvenirs & nibble!
The Old Packhouse Market
Saturdays 8.30am -1.30pm
Sundays 9am – 1.30pm
505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market
Sundays 8.30am –Noon
Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Gate 6, The Munro Entrance, Clevedon
Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 5pm
Fridays 10 am to 7 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 am to 2 pm
Hudson Bay Rd Ext (Hobsonville Point ferry terminal), Hobsonville
Also called Catalina Bay Farmers market, it’s located inside an old seaplane hangar down at The Landing. It is Auckland’s most popular market.
Saturdays 8am – 1pm
Market Square, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana
Waiheke Island – Ostend Market
Every Saturday from 7.30am
War memorial Hall, Belgium St, Ostend, Waiheke Island
Artisan food, home-made produces and local crafts.
Raglan Creative Market
Second Sunday of each month
Raglan Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart Street, Whaingaroa-Raglan
Hawkes Bay Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday 8.30am – 12.30pm
Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings
Taupo Riverside Market
Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Redoubt St, Upper Riverside Park, Taupo
Thorndon Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8.30am – 12.30pm
Hill Street Carpark, Cathedral of St Paul, Thorndon, Wellington.
Harbourside Market, Wellington
Corner of Cable St & Barnett St (beside Te Papa Museum), Wellington.
Sundays 7.30am – 1pm (2pm in Summer)
The Wellington Underground Market
Under Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront
Saturdays 10am – 4pm
MARLBOROUGH / ABEL TASMAN
Marlborough Farmers’ Market
Sundays 9am – Noon
24 Maxwell Road, Blenheim
Nelson Farmers Craft Market
Saturdays 8am – 1pm
Montgomery Square, Nelson
Christchurch Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Christchurch
Lyttelton Farmers Market
Saturdays 10am – 1pm
London Street, Lyttelton
Cromwell Farmers’ & Craft Market
Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter Weekend from 9am to 1pm
Cromwell Heritage Precinct, Cromwell
Creative Queenstown – Art & Craft market
Summer (November – April) Saturdays 9.am – 4:30pm
Winter (May – October) 9.30am – 3:30pm
Lake front, Earnslaw Park, Queenstown
Wanaka Sunday Craft Market
Pembroke Park, Ardmore St, Wanaka
Summer only (Labour weekend to Easter) 10am-3pm
For your shopping and souvenir needs, here are some of our favourite eco-friendly shops to support the local economy: Art & Craft galleries, antiques & clothing, second-hand shops, skincare, wool, honey… Following the art trails is also a great way to discover fantastic local souvenirs around Aotearoa: https://www.arttrails.nz/
ART & CRAFT
Helena’s Bay Gallery 1392 Old Russell Road, RD 4 Hikurangi, Northland
The Quarry Art Centre 21 Selwyn Avenue, Whangarei, Northland
Moko Art Space 24 Pye Place, Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
Soul (Leather Shoes & Bags) Main Wharf, 92 Wallis Street, Raglan or Volcom Lane, Raglan
New Leaf Gallery 61 Carnarvoron Street, Gisborne
David Truebridge 2 Groome Place, Whakatu, Hastings
95a Customs Street West, Auckland
19 Allen Street, Courtenay Quarter, Te Aro, Wellington
New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and Ahua Maori Art Gallery
Te Puia, Hemo road, Rotorua
The Poi Room
17 Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland
Or 80 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Ahu Boutique (Maori Fashion & Craft)
1178 Eruera Street, Rotorua
Stone Studio NZ
237 Stanley Road, Gisborne
Te Haa Gallery
453 SH30, Rotoma, Rotorua
Garth Wilson Jade
63 Rutherglen Road, Paroa, Greymouth, West Coast
Hokitika Craft Gallery
Cooperative 25 Tancred St, Hokitika, West Coast
Wae Wae Pounamu
Town Clock Corner, 39 Weld Street, Hokitika, West Coast
Bee Nice Honey Emporium (Manuka Honey) 45 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Colony 177 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland 28 Mercer Street, Wellington City
Honey Centre 7 Perry Road, RD 3 Warkworth
The Hive (Happy Valley) 24 Hawthorne Drive Remarkables Park, Frankton
Dust & Rust 35 Fairfax Street, Murchison
The Recycle Boutique 9 Darby St, Auckland 143 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch 93 Beach St, Queenstown
Eko Hub (eco-friendly cosmetics & products) 81 Walton Street, Whangarei
Living Nature 1246 State Highway 10 Kerikeri, Northland
WOOL / MERINO
Glenorchy Fur (Possum) Corner Mull & Argyle Street, Glenorchy
Glowing Sky (Wool/Merino)
Town Centre, Stewart Island
122 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
21 Helwick St, Wanaka
338 George St, Dunedin
40 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Icebreaker Touch Lab
105 Queen Street, Auckland
Airside Shopping Area, After Security, Auckland Airport
65 Emerson Street, Napier Shop
136 Westfield Riccarton, Christchurch
19-25 Ballarat Street, Queenstown
Perriam Luxury Wool Tarras Village, SH8, Tarras
20 High Street, Auckland
45 Willis Street, Wellington
155 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
8A Homersham Place, Burnside, Christchurch
35 Helwick St, Wanaka
WE-AR (Active Wear/Merino)
122 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Shop 1, 114 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
The Tin Shed Rangitata R D 22, Geraldine
Woolshed Gallery 7 Church Street, Akaroa
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