Eco-pioneering in the Abel Tasman National park. Golden Future Conservation Tours has now been rebranded as Abel Tasman Eco Tours, we are excited to show you the best of our amazing product and more! With a new tour for 2016 and new staff, we hope to uncover more of the park’s secrets for you.
Abel Tasman Eco Tours was founded in April 2013 as Golden Future Conservation Tours. Starting on a shoestring with the help of Abel Tasman AquaTaxi, we found a tourism niche delivering high quality ecology tours in the national park.
In 2014, Golden Future became independent with the help of Everton Bed and Breakfast Kaiteriteri, who helped us out by signing over their charter concession in a very generous deal that would kickstart our future as a genuine eco-operator in the Abel Tasman. We moved our vessel to a new location in Marahau, teaming up with Kahu Kayaks and Abel Tasman Stables.
Using our our formal education and vast local knowledge as a foundation, we are committed to enriching our knowledge at every turn. All of our tours have been researched and we have consulted with experts in botany, conservation, ornithology, marine biology and cultural history. We also pay this forward by offering all staff in the Abel Tasman the opportunity to come on a tour with us and learn about the ecology of this amazing place. We believe education is the key to change and we have written a referenced intepretation manual on ecology, conservation and history of the park that we provide to anyone interested free of charge. We are also involved in the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme, educating people on marine protection.
Aside from tourism, we are also part of the park’s conservation story, assisting in scientific surveys, pest control, research and education as well as our own initiatives. We are committed to supporting the community and conservation groups with raffle prizes, cash donations and providing our resources, time and expertise for the good of the community and environment. Please see our Environmental Policy for a list of our achievements to date.
We love the park and the wildlife that make this such a vibrant place. It is therefore in our interests to protect and preserve it. We are fiercely protective of the marine reserve and keep our eyes on any suspicious behaviour. We discourage the taking of any shells or biological matter from nature on our tours. We have developed our own mammal watching protocols and have become the only DoC SMART operator in the park, responsibly viewing marine mammals.
Our vessel Zeehaen is a rejuvenated water taxi; given a new lease of life by Eco Tours. She is a 7.5m Osprey alloy pontoon boat. Locally made, her sealed pontoons provide a comfortable ride and she is extremely seaworthy and built to withstand the local sea conditions. She is powered by a brand new four stroke 225hp Honda outboard, who’s economy, reliability and quietness make it the only commercial outboard choice in the Abel Tasman. Of course we would love to be the first in the park to pioneer electric and solar propulsion options and will endeavour to do so when the technology meets our requirements. We have just had her canopy and seats refitted for optimum comfort in all weather conditions.
Health and safety is one of our primary considerations, and we believe in delivering an impeccable safety culture to customers at all points on our tours. We pride ourselves on our safety record and strive to improve our standards by reviewing our systems twice yearly. We are audited by Maritime New Zealand and Outdoorsmark, to ensure that our safety systems are current and comply with all the relevant legislation. If you have encountered any hazards or discrepancies to this statement on our tours we encourage you to give us feedback so that we can rectify the situation for the future.