So that our environment, wildlife and community thrive, Chris Jolly Outdoors, is partnering with Opepe Farm Trust to improve our footprint on the earth we cherish.
Take only memories, leave only footprints and the experience will be preserved for future generations. Chris Jolly Outdoors is working daily to make Lake Taupō a ‘forever destination’ that your children and children’s children will be able to visit for years to come.
About the Opepe Farm Trust
Opepe Farm Trust owns and administers approximately 4,800ha of land located on Highway 5, Maunganamu. Through its commercial arm, Opepe Farming Ltd, operates two dairy units milking 2,000 cows and a sheep and beef unit carrying approximately 25,000 stock units. The Opepe Farm Trust established its environmental framework ‘Whakarakei Whenua’ which includes a commitment to identify and regenerate native plantations on its land.
The Cruise To Plant Project
Chris Jolly Outdoors is committed to planting trees in an effort to protect and enhance Aotearoa’s natural environment. All passengers on Chris Jolly Outdoors scenic cruises will have a dollar from their ticket price go towards the planting project. This is one of the first planting initiatives for Chris Jolly with the future goals being to offset the boat charter service and to become carbon neutral. The partnership with The Opepe Farm Trust will help to ensure that the right trees are planted for sustainability. The Trust is passionate about protecting the environment for future generations and has the knowledge and expertise to guide the project. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against climate change and help to preserve our natural environment.
Why Native Trees?
Trees play a vital role in our environment, providing shade and shelter, regulating temperature, and helping to prevent soil erosion. They also help to sequester carbon dioxide, making them an important tool in the fight against climate change.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Environmental goals for the future
The Opepe farm trust has been working hard to promote the planting of native trees in New Zealand. The goal is to help create a more sustainable future for Aotearoa. Chris Jolly Outdoors recognised the nobility of this crucial effort and stepped in to help.
With the help of initiatives like The Opepe Farm Trust, New Zealand is well on its way to creating a greener, more sustainable future.
" To support and sustain the mana and wellbeing of the lands, Marae and people of Opepe Farm Trust. It will achieve this by managing and growing sustainable entities that will, in turn, build Opepe assets and provide sustenance to Ngā Uri"
— Opepe Farm Trust
Sustainability for Taupō
So that our environment, wildlife and community thrive, Chris Jolly Outdoors partners with local iwi, the Department of Conservation and other eco-conscious organizations to continually improve our footprint on the earth we cherish. Take only memories, leave only footprints and the experience will be preserved for future generations. Chris Jolly Outdoors is working daily to make Lake Taupō a ‘forever destination’, that your children and children’s children will be able to visit for years to come.
Our Shared Values
Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.
We respect and care for each and every client, making sure that we act with the highest
level of professionalism and integrity in all of our interactions. We always deliver our experiences with smiles, enthusiasm, knowledge, fun and passion.
Nothing is a problem at Chris Jolly Outdoors and we will go above and beyond to exceed expectations every time.
We are family/ Whakawhanaungatanga
We are all in this together.
We were founded on family values and strive to continue to nurture a sense of family/whanau in all aspects of our business – providing everyone with a sense of belonging.
We embrace our visitors as family/whanau and invite them to connect with us and our natural environment in a meaningful way that extends well beyond their very first experience.
Your wins are our wins and we celebrate together.
We love what we do/Aroha
We live and breathe our natural environment.
We have a natural taste for the Kiwi outdoors and pride ourselves on our unequalled knowledge, expertise and safety rating in providing experiences of a lifetime in our surrounding environment.
Our passion and love for the outdoors enables us to deliver truly authentic experiences that connect people with place.
We are resilient and innovative/Aumangea
We have a “never give up” mentality and adapt to any obstacles that come our way.
We are agile, always seeking new ways to continuously improve our performance.
We are proactive and not reactive.
Legacy / tiaki
We are the guardians of our environment and community, it is our duty to protect our home for generations to come.
We care for our people and place. Providing pathways for our customers and children/tamariki to connect with the outdoors and share in our collective knowledge on how to preserve our natural treasures/taonga.
We strive to positively contribute to our local economy and community – honouring the legacy on which we are founded, whilst inspiring a new generation of guardians/kaitiaki.
Chris Jolly Outdoors Environmental measures:
No plastic straws
No single PCU’s on our boats
No smoking policy on our public cruise to the Māori Rock Carvings
We use enviro-friendly cleaning products
We use the right channels to dispose of greywater
Our lunches are bio-wrapped
Our rubbish is taken out of the environment on guided trips
We are working towards becoming paperless
We are working towards eliminating single-serve plastics
Our carbon footprint programme gives guests an opportunity to give back
Our guides educate all guests on how to care for our environment
The key objectives of Whakarakei Whenua include
The key objectives of Whakarakei Whenua include:
To protect and enhance the whenua in line with our indigenous Māori /Tūwharetoa values
Off-set OFT and OFLP environmental footprint; greenhouse gas emissions
Improve biodiversity by creating ecological corridors
Improve water quality, and
Enhance the aesthetics of Opepe
The native regeneration project which sits within Opepe Farm Trust’s Whakarakei Whenua framework aims to:
Improve the biodiversity on the farms restoring natural habitat for native fauna
Reduce erosion by retiring and planting ‘at risk areas’
It is a carbon sink to help off-set on-farm activities that generate CO2 and methane and contribute to its zero-carbon status
Be a part of the change you want to see. Get in contact today to see how you can help