New Zealand is making a huge effort to take steps to make sure that their transportation system is as eco-friendly as possible. Transportation has a very big impact on the environment. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as possible. It is estimated that as much as 20 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand are caused by transportation. Anything that can be done to help reduce this percentage has to be a good thing.
New Zealand has a special award for quality in eco-friendly services. Look out for the Qualmark Enviro Gold Award.
The most obvious eco-friendly system of transport is walking. Always consider if you really need the car to make that short journey. Walking is good exercise. There are so many amazing hikes to experience in New Zealand that you should try as much as possible to see areas on foot. Not only is this environmentally friendly, but you will see things from a very different perspective.
New Zealand is an ideal place to explore by bike. There are many trails in popular tourist destinations. There are many places that you can rent a bike by the hour or by the day.
Visitors to New Zealand should check out the efficient public transport system. There are buses in all of the major towns and cities. In recent years there have been a number of companies starting discounted routes. The frequency of the service does of course depend upon the route and the season, so you should always check timetables before you plan to travel.
One particularly good bus transportation system is the “Stray” buses. This network of buses is designed for backpackers looking for a cheap and easy way to tour New Zealand. It also has the benefit of being eco-friendly. They have some excellent travel pass deals as well for multi- day travel. You can also get a pass which lasts for a year.
New Zealand has a rail network which can be a good way to travel between major towns and cities. There are also a number of old trains which cna be used to explore scenic routes and trails.
Many people will rent a car when they are visiting New Zealand. Even though this is not a very eco-friendly mode of transport there are ways that you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Consider the make of car that you are renting. If you possibly can you should choose to rent a hybrid car, or one which has a better gas mileage than average. You can also make sure that your driving promotes better gas mileage. Try not to accelerate too rapidly or brake too hard.
There are many steps that you can take to be as eco-friendly as possible in New Zealand. Make sure that at least some of your time there is spent using environmentally conscious transportation options. It will help ensure that New Zealand retains its stunning natural environment.