Owhanake Bay Estate
68 Korora Road
Oneroa . Waiheke Island
Auckland . New Zealand
Tel +64 9 372 2220
Fax +64 9 372 8728
"Exceptional view, great service, great bed, exceptional
extras... outstanding! It was all fantastic."
Michael and Desiree (NZ)
We believe that caring for our environment is an important responsibility. Our luxury accommodation reflects this philosophy. We aim to minimise our negative impact on the environment.
Christy is currently completing her masters degree in environmental education and runs her own business 'Pateke - educational solutions for a sustainable future'.
Christy writes a blog about our gardens, vineyard and orchards at IslandGardening.
Organic Gardens: We are developing our gardens with the eventual
aim of being self-sufficient in organic fruit and vegetables. We
currently have organic herb, vegetable and berry gardens, and a
citrus and stone fruit orchard. We use this fruit for guest suites
where possible, otherwise we buy organic fruit for our own use as
well as stocking the guest rooms.
Food: Our hens provide eggs for guest breakfasts, and we raise our own ducks. We produce our own honey, and provide most of our own vegetables. Where needed we source locally grown organic seasonal produce as available for both guest breakfasts and our own use.
Water and Energy: We aim to use our water and energy consciously and
wisely. We collect and maintain our own water supply using
rainwater from our roof and also have a water bore. We use energy
efficient options and appliances where possible.
Guest Room Products: We provide environmentally friendly, natural and
safe products in our guest rooms. We source our soaps, shampoo,
conditioner and hand and body lotions from two New Zealand companies: the Eco Store
and Living Nature. Both of these companies use all natural ingredients
in their products.
Natural Environment: Half of our property is planted in native
bush, which is now about 15 years old. We actively protect and
enhance this bush by removing pest plants and animals. This is an
ongoing job! We also belong to ‘Waiheke Weedbusters’, a volunteer
group dedicated to weed removal.
Waste: Waste is kept to a minimum by reducing, reusing, and
recycling. We buy in bulk and choose products that have minimal
packaging. Plastic, glass and tins are collected for recycling.
Paper and card are reused under mulch on our property. All food
waste is put in our worm farm or composted for use on gardens.
Social: We believe in participating in and supporting our
community, both local and international. We contribute to several
organisations, including The Spirit of Adventure Trust, Amnesty
International, Waiheke Weedbusters, and Fossil Bay Kindergarten.
Travel-related Carbon Emissions: We choose to offset our carbon
emissions from personal air travel by purchasing carbon credits
from wind farms and native forest regeneration projects, via
www.carbonzero.co.nz. This New
Zealand web site includes an emissions calculator for air travel.
Cleaning: We use environmentally friendly products, again
sourced from Eco Store.
You can be sure that your stay here will have minimal negative impact on
this truly beautiful place.