Responsible tourism in Fiordland

There are too few people like Joyce and Johan, people who see the bigger conservation picture and are devoted to making a difference.

I feel privileged to have been able to spend time with them on the Wairaurahiri River and their passion for Fiordland and New Zealand's threatened wildlife is inspiring and infectious.

Sadly, wildlife conservation in New Zealand is a brutal and pretty well black and white business with a simple focus on killing things. Possums, rats and stoats in particular are the enemies of native species and the equation is simple: fewer stoats = more birds. It isn't a pleasant job but it is absolutely essential.

To support their efforts, we have sponsored some of our own traps, as you can see, and we arrange all trips down the river for our clients on a 'not for profit' basis so that each jet boat trip buys a new trap - see what our clients have been up to on the Wairaurahiri.

This clip is taken from the TVNZ series Wild About New Zealand and highlights Joyce and Johan's contribution to responsible tourism in one of the most beautiful and remote parts of New Zealand.  And if you look closely, you may spot one of our traps out in the bush!


One of our stoat traps in the forest

One of our stoat traps in the forest

Johan, Paul, Joyce and stoat trap in Fiordland

Johan, Paul, Joyce and stoat trap in Fiordland