Sustainable Cruising

Onboard The Spirit, we’re not just talking about sustainability – we’re taking real action to protect the environment.

Right from the start, we made it a priority to carefully select suppliers who share our passion for sustainability. By partnering with responsible suppliers, we have ensured that our operations are in line with our environmental goals. From the products we offer to the services we provide; our suppliers reflect our commitment to the well-being of the Waitemata Harbour.

In keeping with our mission to reduce waste and minimise our impact on the environment, we have been working with Little Wolf Catering since 2021. We chose to collaborate with Little Wolf Catering because founder and head chef Marcel Leydesdorff shares our dedication to sustainability. They go the extra mile by providing all of their catering services in eco-friendly packaging, while also prioritising the use of local, cage-free, and sustainable products in their menu offerings.

In 2023, we decided to transition our spirit manufacturing to a local distillery located in The Bay of Islands. Black Collar Distillery now provides all of our house spirits, including rum, vodka, and gin. What sets Black Collar apart is their use of a blend of non-renewable and renewable energy sources such as wind, water, and solar power. Their goal is to become fully solar powered in the future. Black Collar stands out as one of the few distilleries that has achieved zero water waste. They have implemented an innovative water loop system, leading to a 100% reduction in cooling water waste.

Our dedication doesn’t stop there. We actively support various environmental initiatives geared towards conserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Waitemata Harbour, including the Sustainable Tourism initiative, where we have agreed to operate by considering the following focus areas:

  • Economic sustainability (Economically sustainable, resilient, and innovative businesses)
  • Visitor sustainability (World-leading experiences that exceed visitor expectations)
  • Community sustainability (Communities which benefit from and are supported by tourism)
  • Environmental sustainability (Protecting, restoring, and enhancing our natural environment and biodiversity)

Additionally, we are proud to be part of Auckland Council’s pest-free warrant program. As a warrant holder, we seek to promote good biosecurity behaviors to our customers. 

We follow and support the biosecurity requirements set out by Auckland Council and Department of Conservation. Therefore, we ask all passengers thoroughly check and clean their gear for pests prior to arrival. For more information click here.

Why you need to check your gear?

The Hauraki Gulf is a nationally-significant marine park. Many of the islands of the Gulf are pest free, or partially pest free. This means they are now home to some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered species – eg tuatara, takahe, shore plover and kiwi. The islands are also recovering naturally as birds reintroduce themselves to these safe havens. It is important to keep them pest free – and we need your help!

Pest animals and plants can invade our islands by stowing away on or in your footwear, gear or boat. Rats can squeeze through a 12 mm gap and mice can squeeze through a 7 mm gap. Insects could hide in your bag, and weeds, seeds and soil could cling to your clothing and shoes.

Pests threaten New Zealand’s native wildlife.

  1. Rats eat birds, eggs, reptiles and insects.
  2. Mice prey on insects and eat small birds and reptiles.
  3. Argentine ants can reach large numbers and have a big appetite killing our native insects, skinks, geckos and baby birds.
  4. Plague skinks compete with native lizards and other animals for food and habitat and have displaced our native skinks on the mainland.
  5. Soil can carry plant diseases such as kauri dieback.
  6. Weed seeds can become a weed forest and smother native plants

Prepare for your trip by being alert for these threats. Please:

  1. Make sure all food is packed and sealed in plastic containers with lid. Ensure cardboard boxes are closed and taped – there must be no opportunity for an unwanted pest to access the container/box in transit.
  2. Ensure all footwear and gear is clean and free of soil.
  3. Thoroughly check any camping or overnight gear for stowaways. Gear that has been stored away is high risk.
  4. Thoroughly check seedlings, potting mix or plant matter to ensure there are no hitch-hikers.
  5. Seal up your gear/food as soon as you have finished packing and leave it closed until you reach your destination

A handy infographic is available here: Help keep Hauraki Gulf islands pest free (doc.govt.nz)

Without your co-operation your trip may not be able to take place, so if you have any doubts or questions about biosecurity, please ask us.

Committed to sustainability