Queenstown moving closer to carbon zero

Aiming to become the first carbon-zero tourism destination in the world, the adventure capital of New Zealand is continuing to tick the boxes. 

Another milestone in the plan to make Queenstown a carbon-zero visitor economy has been reached with a regenerative tourism strategy endorsed by the local council.

Destination Queenstown has a goal of making the southern New Zealand adventure town the first carbon zero tourism destination in the world by 2030.

Everything from aviation to accommodation, events and restaurants have to overhaul their practices to reach the target.

Now the Queenstown Lakes regenerative tourism strategy has been endorsed by Queenstown Lakes District Councillors in the final formal step to adopting the region’s destination management plan “Travel to a thriving future”.

Destination Queenstown CEO Mat Woods says the council has supported the carbon-zero goal from the beginning.

“It’s good to have the official endorsement from our councillors who represent our community,” he says.

“Now it really is time to get on with the 23 projects on the list.

“I’m looking forward to having the governance in place and setting up our project teams.”

The Queenstown Lakes regenerative tourism strategy set out to ensure that tourism supports a thriving community – environmentally, socially, culturally and economically.

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