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Caring for Murihiku

How You Can Help

Murihiku Southland is famous for its natural beauty, wildlife, and rugged landscapes. However, with climate change becoming an increasingly pressing issue, we all must take responsibility for our environmental impact and do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. While many people know the traditional ways to reduce their footprint, such as recycling or using public transport, there are plenty of other ways to make a difference.


Shop Local

Shopping locally is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. By supporting small businesses and buying locally-made products, you reduce the carbon emissions associated with transportation and support local communities simultaneously. Shopping at farmers' markets, independent stores, and other local establishments is an excellent way to support local producers and minimize the carbon footprint of your purchases.

Use Refillable Bottles

Single-use plastic bottles are one of the world's most significant sources of plastic pollution. By switching to refillable bottles, you can drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste you produce. Many cafes, restaurants, and other establishments in Murihiku offer free water refills, so bring your refillable bottle with you when you're out and about. Why not bring your trusty reusable keep cup on your travels, as most cafes around the region will happily fill your cup instead of giving you a disposable cup.

Embrace a Slow Travel Mindset

Travel is an essential part of life for many people, but it can also significantly impact the environment. By embracing a slow travel mindset, you can reduce your carbon footprint and make your journeys more enjoyable. Slow travel involves taking the time to explore a destination and immersing yourself in the local culture rather than rushing from one tourist destination to another. By taking the time to appreciate your surroundings and travelling at a slower pace, you can reduce your carbon emissions and have a more authentic travel experience.

Hit the Roads Less Traveled

One of the best things about Murihiku is its rugged, untamed landscapes. By exploring the less-travelled roads and hiking trails, you can experience the region's natural beauty while minimizing your impact on the environment. Avoiding busy tourist areas and seeking hidden gems can be a rewarding and eco-friendly way to explore the region.

Immerse Yourself in Local Communities

By connecting with local people, you can learn more about the culture and customs of the region, as well as discover hidden treasures that might not be in the guidebooks. Supporting local businesses and participating in community events is an excellent way to minimize your environmental impact while having a more authentic travel experience.


We can all reduce our carbon footprint in Murihiku Southland in many ways. By shopping locally, using refillable bottles, embracing a slow travel mindset, hitting the roads less travelled, and immersing ourselves in local communities, we can all make a difference and protect this beautiful region for future generations. Remember, every small action counts, and together we can create a more sustainable future for Murihiku Southland and beyond.



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