Central to Puhi Peaks Station is Shearwater Lodge, a completely self-sustaining, off-grid ecofriendly luxury accommodation with its own renewable energy system. Our micro-hydro system provides most of the Lodge’s electricity and is driven by water drawn from the Happy Valley stream that flows in the valley adjacent to the lodge. There is a backup solar PV system which supports the micro-hydro system. The wood we use for the fireplace and wetback system is from naturally fallen trees. The lodge was built with wood from certified sources. We conserve energy and heat where we can, for example through energy efficient LED light bulbs.
We operate a zero waste policy as part of our business. We separate paper, cans, plastic, glass and other waste, which is brought to the Recycling center in Kaikoura, where everything is re-used. We encourage our guests to take as little as possible into the lodge, and educate staff and guests about green policies.
Puhi Peaks station is home to a number of rare and endangered native species. We are proud to be home of the critically endangered Hutton’s Shearwater, the only seabird in the world that nests at such high altitude in the mountain ranges. Our colony on is one of only two remaining colonies in the world!
In order to protect out taonga (treasures) we actively manage invasive species through trapping programs, weed control and by following sustainable farming practices. In addition we have a Queen Elisabeth II Open Space covenant that permanently protects the special natural features of Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve. The agreement is entered into voluntarily and binds current and all subsequent landowners in perpetuity. The covenant is registered on the title to the land.