Sustainability - Green matters

"Understanding sustainability is actually quite simple. it's about behaving as you would if you knew you were going to live forever."
Simon Harvey
BusinessLAB Ltd.

General Policies

  • We source our products from local or Fair Trade suppliers where possible.
  • We buy or use recycled products wherever possible.
  • We use fresh, seasonal produce on our menus and limit the use of mass produced items in the catering contract.
  • We recycle as much waste as possible and encourage our caterers and guests to do the same.
  • We support and are members of the Nelson Tasman Sustainability Charter, The Sustainable Business Network and the Wellness Cluster.     

Building Construction

  • Well, I don't suppose there are many more eco-friendly building materials than handmade, sun dried adobe blocks made by us and WWOOFERs (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) from the clay beneath us, the only additions being straw and water.
  • The insulation is a locally made woollen batt product.
  • The wooden exterior and interior joinery was made by local joiner Michael Bender of Riverside Community.
  • The toilet cisterns are recycled copper.
  • The mock flagstone effect in the Main Turret was made with an oil derived from orange peel.
  • The top of the main turret roof is able to be lifted to release hot air in Summer.
  • The turrets that couldn't have overhangs (and therefore could not be constructed in sun dried clay) were made from sawdust bricks.
  • These bricks were painted to look like adobe bricks with our own handmade limewash tinted with natural ochres.
  • But we have made a lot of mistakes along the way too, I'm afraid. 


  • We use low energy lightbulbs where practical and 12v wiring where possible.
  • We heat a large percentage of our hot water using solar energy.
  • We have installed Showerdomes on the top of as many showers as possible.
  • A start has been made on double and triple glazing all exterior windows.
  • We encourage the cleaners and guests to turn off lights and equipment when not in use.
  • The seals on our freezers and fridges have been checked for air leaks.
  • We do not use heating or airconditioning if the doors and windows are open.
  • A radiator system is powered by one woodburner to assist with ambient heating of the lower floor during Winter.
  • Dishwashers and glasswashers are not run until there is a full load.
  • TVs and stereos are switched off at the wall when not in use.


  • Our business cards and postcards are printed on recycled card using vegetable inks.
  • The pens in the guest room compendiums are made from recycled materials.


Most detergents leave some form of chemical and/or organic residue in your clothes, towels and bedlinen which can lead to skin irritations, allergic reactions and stuffy noses.

  • We do not launder your bed or bath linen with any chemical or organic compound and the difference is noticeable. A further bonus is that we can bypass the dreadful smell of the laundry aisle at the supermarket!
  • The hand soap we provide in-house and function guests is 100% gmo free and free of animal products, foaming agents, synthetic dyes and fragrances. It is handmade locally from 100% Pure Olive and Organic Vegetable Oil and comes in compostable packaging.


  • Our chosen charity is the Nelson Hospice and we are part of the Hospice Fundraising Committee.
  • We host a 'Meet the Neighbours' evening for our Neudorf, Dovedale, Thorpe, Woodstock, Rosedale, Orinoco and Upper Moutere neighbours at the end of every year. 

    It's a start...