Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Award Gold, again!

For the second year in a row, we are so pleased to announce that we have been awarded Gold Status in the Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Award – the highest standard!

“A Gold Award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do.  A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies those businesses leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world-class sustainable visitor destination.”


What is Qualmark?

Qualmark is the tourism industry’s official quality assurance organisation in New Zealand. If you see a business displaying a Qualmark symbol, this means that they have met quality standards and environmental criteria relevant to the level they have been awarded (Bronze, Silver or Gold).

How did you get Qualmark Gold?

We were awarded Qualmark Gold in our audit last year and being re-awarded it this year means that we have maintained our high standard and are making clear efforts for continuous improvement. In all areas we were assessed on, we were either acknowledged as being at an Excellent Standard or Delivering Best Practice. 

“It was fantastic to hear of the ongoing developments within the business, which are all underpinned by providing opportunities for research and preservation of our marine environment, and an excellent, safe and educating customer experience.” – Qualmark Auditor

What does Qualmark mean for me?

By finding which tourism operators and accommodation hold Qualmark accreditation, this helps you recognise the best places to stay, things to do and ways to get around whilst in New Zealand.

Businesses with a Qualmark award have been recognised as environmentally friendly, demonstrating safe practice throughout their operation and delivering their experience with true kiwi hospitality. 

If you live in Auckland or are here on a visit, choosing Qualmark awarded tourism operators means that you will have chosen a company recognised for delivering a high-quality experience.

We have developed our safaris both behind the scenes and on board to be not only a whale and dolphin watching trip but a safe, immersive and exciting experience. By bringing you the opportunity to interact with our marine biologist crew, interns and local researchers whilst they collect important research data, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of the oceans. Together, we can help protect the unique marine wildlife of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for future generations. 

Find out more about Qualmark here.