Ōkārito Plant Project

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Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei
For us and our children after us

Franz Josef Glacier Guides is one of the founding partners of the Ōkārito Plant Project, which aims to enable local communities to restore and protect their natural ecosystems in South Westland through native planting. 

Through the Ōkārito Plant Project, Franz Josef Glacier Guides and other Glacier Country tourism operators have teamed up with agricultural businesses in South Westland and the Ōkārito Plant Nursery to implement local planting projects to regenerate forests, waterways and wetlands, enhance biodiversity and create wildlife corridors.

The concept behind the regenerative tourism model is that tourism should add value in more than an economic sense by actively enriching local communities and helping to protect and restore the environment. 

So far planting sites have been established at Lake Matheson, Fox Glacier and Whataroa. Up to eight people from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides team can be working on the project at any one time, for example when conditions are unsuitable for accessing the glacier.


Find out more 

If you would like to find out more about the projects that Franz Josef Glacier Guides are involved in and how you can help us make a difference visit The Okarito Nursery