Premium Queenstown and Milford Sound tourism company Southern Discoveries has been awarded a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Certification from Qualmark New Zealand, amplifying their strong mark on the New Zealand tourism industry.

Southern Discoveries CEO, Tim Hunter said the company has made a considerable effort to adapt the business to be more sustainable, whilst continuing to provide top quality tourism experiences. 

We’re so proud to be recognised by Qualmark as a company that provides iconic experiences, has a committed team and is dedicated to being a sustainable business,” says Hunter.

The company has a strong commitment to energy and waste management, sustainability and conservation planning. Fuel monitoring, hydroelectric power on Mt Nicholas Farm, removal of all plastic water bottles from excursion lunches and boat kiosks and sponsorship of the Sinbad Sanctuary Project in Milford, are among a number of processes put in place to drive environmental improvements.

In tandem with sustainability efforts, the business has in recent years established new low-emissions coach services from Queenstown to Milford Sound and introduced Lady Stirling, a 17 metre catamaran, to the fiord.

The staff culture is a determining factor in the company’s success thanks to each team members’ enthuasiasm and determination to provide exceptional experiences that exceed customers expectations.

A Gold Qualmark Award recognises Southern Discoveries as among the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand that provide exceptional visitor experiences. Those recognised are leading the way in making these destinations a world class spot.

For more information on the award visit www.qualmark.co.nz