Sustainability

ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Our aim is to provide a clean and green, healthy outdoor activity environment, with a minimal impact on the forest and the natural life it shelters.

Glenbervie forest is a beautiful forest managed by Matariki Forests, spreading over 7000 Ha from Whangarei to the Tutukaka Coast. Hosting a vibrant bird-life, it features various landscapes encompassing in a mesh of tracks, streams, hills and valleys. Stands of pines, eucalyptus and kauris are dashed with blocks of native vegetation. While its primary purpose is to produce quality timber, Matariki Forests allows recreational activities with low environmental impact: walking tracks, mountain bike trails, and Adventure Forest’s high ropes challenge courses.

 [notice]The following rules apply to all visitors

  • Do not enter the restricted areas
  • No car, motorbike or quad are allowed in the forest
  • Stay on tracks and watch for other users, who may be walking or riding bikes
  • Make sure dogs are kept on a leashMatariki logo RGB 80h
  • Do not cut or remove any plant
  • Do no leave any rubbish
  • Absolutely no fire[/notice]
What do we do?

The environmental impact of the Adventure Forest park had been thoroughly evaluated and submitted to the Whangarei District Council when seeking Resource Consent before starting its construction in 2007.

We have cleared a reasonably sized car park, open to the public during day time, and we endeavour to keep it tidy all year round.

We limit the number of visitors each day to minimise the impact of traffic movements, noise and other side effects like compaction of the ground and disturbance of the natural life. It also ensures a great adventure experience and a friendly atmosphere, with no crowd or lengthy queues at the entry to the circuits.

The health of the trees is carefully monitored with the help of an external independent forestry expert. The equipment is designed to limit the loads, to eliminate chaffing on the bark, and to allow for the growth of the support trees.

Keeping the weeds from spreading is an ongoing work, using non-chemical removal techniques as much as possible.

Inside the park, we maintain tracks and cordon off some areas to support the growth of an under-storey of vigorous native bush: Kawakawa, Pate, Puriri, Mapou, Pongas and Silver Ferns strive alongside the planted Radiata Pines and indigenous Totaras.

We dig shallow drains and bring just enough gravel to keep the tracks dry and tidy.

We do our best to limit our carbon footprint and our waste to a bare minimum:

  • We re-use the timber and ropes as much as possible when it’s safe to do so.

  • We preferably use hand tools and electric tools, and restrict the use of petrol powered appliances when it is impossible to avoid.

  • We use rechargeable batteries for our emergency lights.

  • Our day-to-day paperwork is printed on recycled or re-used paper.
  • We don’t sell junk-food, and incite our visitors to bring their own healthy snacks and meals. We just stock a few bottles of NZ spring water and organic drinks just in case you’d run short of supply and face a risk of dehydration.

  • We sort out the rubbish, recycling ready for collection and food scraps used to feed chickens or composted on site.

  • We offer non-chemical insect repellent, produced locally.

How can you help us?
  • Please stay on tracks, do no enter the areas we cordon off to allow the growth of the vegetation.

  • Friendly dogs are welcome if you can keep them quiet on a leash.

  • Keep your rubbish to the minimum. We collect recycling and clean food scraps, please bring everything else at home (wrappings, etc…).

  • Try to make healthy snacks, and avoid lollies with wrappings that always end up dropped in the bush.

  • The Huanui Orchards shop, at the corner 1.5km off the park, offers a wide range of fresh and locally grown fruits, yum!

  • Please do not remove any vegetation from the forest, including pine cones or small branches for kindling. Dead wood decomposition is an important part of the life cycle of the forest, it keeps the moisture and feeds myriads of organisms, vital part of the forest’s ecosystem.