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Travel Green: What is it anyway?

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 Travel Green. What does it mean and how can I do it.

After 5 years operating an accommodation business, surf school and kayak tours in Whangamata, Coromandel Peninsula, just before the pandemic, our operations were working pretty smoothly.

We had bookings coming through, we were able to hire a great team of likeminded young travellers and locals. Everything was going as planned. That`s when it hit us: “Our businesses are thriving, but at what cost?”. We started to notice the impact that a large number of visitors can cause in an area. Greater water usage, increase of waste generate and disposed, environmental pressure specially on popular spots and carbon print emissions, are just some of the impacts mass tourism and cause.

As tourism operator we felt a great responsibility to do something and collaborate towards reducing the impact caused by our business in our community. That`s when we learnt about the “Travel Green” concept. We decided to apply it to our personal life and encourage our customers to do the same. Within our business we reduced plastic usage as to minimal, started using eco friendly cleaning products and included in our accommodation refillable bottles with personal products as shampoo and conditioner.

Now the great question is: how can we travel in a greener way?

Here are some tips of how we believe we all could help.

  1. Chose a environmental friendly destination
    Top 10 Green destination in the world

    New Zealand

    Many countries are implementing great environmental policies to become more sustainable and protect the environment. The Sustainable Magazine has a great article on the top 10 most Green countries.

  2. When flying check what the airline company does to minimize their carbon print
    As you can imagine, airplanes contribute hugely with carbon emissions. Studies say “Commercial flying accounts for about 3% of global carbon emissions, and that percentage is likely to increase as more people turn to the skies for travel.”(source: However, many companies are working on different ways to become carbon neutral.

  3. Stay longer periods in a destination
    Over the years working in the tourism industry, we have noticed travellers buying round the world tickets and city or country hopping every 2 or 3 days. Or hiring a car to get to know a destination in 10 days! We believe the longest you stay in one destination you will only benefit from it. You will get to really know the place, the best places to eat, to visit and of course you will meet the locals! At the same time, you will reduce the carbon foot print.
    When you need to move to a different place, carpool, use public transport or hire an electric car.
  1. Avoid plastic usage at all costs, but having your own water bottle, using refill stations and no plastic bags.
    One of the worst things is seeing a plastic bag or a bottle left 

    Surfsup Refill station with Littlefoot products

    Travel Green: Refill Station

    behind or being
    blown into the ocean. The  amount of plastic being dumped in our oceans and rivers is huge and if all do our part things will improve.
    On our online shop we offer refillable glass bottles of natural products as shampoos, conditioners, body and hand wash among other great green options locally made in New Zealand.

  2. Chose products made from sustainable recycled sources.

    SYMPL: eco friendly sustainable products made from recycled and long lasting materials.

    Surf travel products made from recycled and sustainable products that will last.

    Sustainability is a key work on how we can battle the environmental war. Products
    that can be recycled, re-used or re-proposed are essential and ideal to keep them away from the land fields. Just like using glass bottles that can be refilled, sports gear made from recycled post-consumer plastic, or shelfs made from construction wood. The idea is all the same: REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE.




There are many other ways you can travel in sustainable and environmentally friendly way. We believe that the most important is to create the consciousness that do what you can to contribute as every little bit helps.


Sympl – Track Pads and Leashes

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Surf travel products made from recycled and sustainable products that will last.

SYMPL: eco friendly sustainable products made from recycled and long lasting materials.

Recycled and Biodegradable Surf gear

Embracing the core values of our company, we have been looking for equipment that could replace our “normal” gear used on our day-to-day operation.


We realized it is not so easy to find products in the adventure industry made from recycled or non-plastic materials and keep the same level of performance and safety.


That`s when we came across “sympl”, a company based in California offering leashes made from recycled material and biodegradable tail pads. We loved the concept, embraced the idea, and have started bringing the product into New Zealand.


Surf travel products made from recycled and sustainable products that will last.

Surfboard tail pads made from Biodegradable Foam with Ultra Grip to garantee Maximum Performance

SYMPL: eco friendly sustainable products made from recycled and long lasting materials.

Surf travel products made from recycled and sustainable products that will last.

All sympl products are made from long lasting sustainable materials, a concept that fits our values as a company and allows us to offer a great product at a great performance level.

“We believe the ultimate sustainability is defined by products that last longer, which is why we choose durable, eco-friendly fabrications throughout our entire range of goods. Some of our material innovations include 97% recycled CORDURAⓇ Nylon, 100% recycled Repreve post-consumer plastic bottle-based fabrics, biodegradable foams, solution dyed YKKⓇ zippers, and Bluesign Certified Duraflex          hardware, all paired with FSC certified recycled and biodegradable packaging” Sympl.



Check out their website at for more details, or contact Surfsup NZ for any order within NZ.


Post Pandemic 2022

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Hello everyone!

New plans: a  career as Real Estate Sales Agent

We haven`t  written a blog before, but thought this is the appropriated moment, as we are going through a few changes.

Katrina Millar Real Estate

Ray White Whangamata

The first news we would like to mention, is that our head of operations and customer service master Katrina, is making a career move. Now besides getting you into the best waves, she can help you finding the best Real Estate deals! Yes, she’s has recently joined the team at Ray White Whangamata and has made a few impressive sales! But don`t worry, she`s still available for surf lessons and keen to keep mentoring the new generation of surfers in Whangamata.



Surfsup Whangamata

SurfSup Whangamata Online retail


Sympl Eco Tail pads and leashes

Over the pandemic moment our business model has slightly moved towards online shopping.
Our main focus is still to provide outstanding experiences specially to Whenuakura Island and Estuary, with surf lessons as an option.
Now besides the activities, we are offering a range of products that complement our activities and go along our core values. We have started with expanding the SurfSup line of tees, and introducing a few extra eco-friendly and health orientated products that will add to the shopping experience. If you are interested, check out for a sneaky peak of what`s coming.


Thanks for taking the time reading this, but if you are not keen to receive any other updates, we can take you off our list of contacts.

All the best!

Mauro and Katrina
Surf n Stay/SurfSup family