Environmental Sustainability

Our beachfront location means that we at Pohara Beach TOP 10 are acutely aware of the need to act responsibly to protect our environment and preserve our ocean for the benefit of future generations.

All trees, plants and shrubs were planted to help make our park the tranquil Holiday Park it is today – appreciated by guests, visitors, cyclists (Pohara is located close to the end of the Takaka-Pohara cycleway), native birds and animal life. Our cheeky Weka, the native Keruru, Tui and Piwakawaka grace the campground regularly.

Pohara Beach TOP 10 and the Council have an initiative as a Park to make a conscious effort to add 100 new plants to the park each year for the next five years – that’s an additional 500 plants!

In order to reduce our carbon foot print, we employ the use of recycling, the use of biodegradable products and the aim of removing single use packaging products. We have begun using suppliers who focus on sustainability – one of our largest suppliers has been working with the EECA to establish some big bold sustainability goals and has even employed an Energy Management Graduate!

We remulch our greenery back into our gardens, have EV chargers installed and have goals of installing solar panels within three years and reducing our gas and fuel by 10% each year as a Park.

We offer items such as our fish waste to our local community to help with natural fertilizing and from time to time, when we have jobs such as tree removals, we offer the firewood free to locals.

Water pressure reducers are installed into all our showers and we have metered showers in our amenity blocks to help encourage water conservation, but also recognise the community water scheme restrictions a holiday location such as Pohara has during the peak season.

The Park is also in the process of effective heating solution replacements throughout the Park, LED lighting replacement has commenced and we are looking at installing sensor lights in the near future to assist with reducing power usage/wastage.

We take pride in maintaining a clean, green natural setting for our guests and staff to enjoy. Our aim is to provide our guests with the best stay possible whilst maintaining the lowest impact possible on the environment.

We are constantly striving towards improving our protect our environment, increasing sustainability and reducing our Carbon Footprint.

What are we doing?



We are constantly thinking of ways to assist towards our community ecological restoration. Given our beachfront location, we are focused on constantly keeping our beach pristine which often includes regular cleanups of refuse, rubbish and other waste. We also have our planting initiative over the next three years – as well as improving the environment, the planting will benefit and can be enjoyed by our guests, staff, cyclists (we are located at the end of a Cycleway) and the public who have access to our Park.



Throughout the Holiday Park you will find recycling bins to encourage recycling. We encourage all guests to be mindful about their waste disposal. It helps to keep our Park clean and green! We also use biodegradable products and have the aim of removing single use packaging products. We even reuse our coffee grinds from our staff coffee machine and remulch greenery back into our gardens!



Water and Energy Reduction

We have installed flow reducers in showers and have metered showers to encourage water conservation. We installed EV chargers late in 2023, and have the goal of investing in solar panels within three years and reducing our fuel and gas usage at our Park by 10% each year. We been installing effective heating, LED lighting replacement has commenced and we are looking at installing sensor lights in the near future.



We have created a Park initiative to make a conscious effort to plant 100 new plants a year for the next five years, that’s an additional 500 plants! Our recycling helps contribute to improving our environment. We are also proud supporters of the Mohua Penguin Trust and the Predator Free NZ 2050 initiative.

What about you?


Water and Energy Reduction

To help us achieve our goal of reducing water and energy usage, our guests can limit shower times, turn off lights and appliances when not using them, reuse towels by using towel rails or air drying them and keep windows and doors closed to keep the heat in during colder periods.



We encourage all guests to recycle! As mentioned above, we aim to keep our Park clean and green and recycling helps play a part in this. Where possible, reuse containers, water bottles and/or shopping bags. Every little bit helps!


Tourism Sustainability Commitment

As a business, we have joined the Tourism Sustainability Commitment.

The 12 Commitments from the programme can be found here and more information about the Tourism Sustainability Commitment can be found here.


By joining, we have committed Pohara Beach TOP 10 to:

  • Having a sustainability plan with goals for the 12 Commitments
  • Making measurable progress towards the goals
  • Embedding sustainability into business systems, processes and plans
  • Providing an annual update on progress
  • Telling communities and visitors about our sustainability efforts.