As Kaitiaki of the mountains we have an enduring commitment to our environment, people, and communities to ensure they benefit from our presence. 

We use the concepts of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga to guide us, understanding that our environment is the backbone to our operations and the reason we love what we do. Our promise is to share our passion for the mountains with our people, community and guests, making sure they have an unforgettable experience.   

Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak was established as a ski area in 1947. Before and during that time it was also an active farm. In the 1990s the ski area grew in popularity and farming ceased which has allowed the primary ground cover, Dracophyllum (Snow) Tussock, to flourish. At Coronet Peak we work to control and eliminate non-native plants and pests, rejuvenate the area and bring back the native Karearea – New Zealand Falcon.

The Remarkables

At The Remarkables we have a five-year partnership with The Kea Conservation Trust to work together to bring back the kea to our mountain. Through this partnership we provide funds for research and education, volunteer our time to help monitor kea, and work to ensure the mountain is a habitable environment for them enjoy. Along with pest control and revegetation projects we work hard to minimise waste and reduce our carbon emissions.

Mt Hutt

At Mt Hutt our goal is to become a carbon neutral ski area. We have invested heavily in upgrading equipment and waste management initiatives across the mountain as well as native planting. In 2020 we saw the return of a kea to our mountain. This native parrot hasn't been around for many years so it's proof our work to eliminate pests and revegetate our mountain is working.

On the mountains


NZSki has established a strong record of enhancing the biodiversity on our ski areas through initiatives, including:

  • Weed and pest control
  • Hare control
  • Wilding pine eradication
  • Revegetation through propagation of the existing flora (eg. tussock seeding)

Wetland areas on our ski fields are preserved by creating terrain around them, or through relocation initiatives, for example removing small wetland areas, holding it safely and then replanting in the reinstated wetlands.


Waste reduction

We operate a strong policy of waste minimisation initiatives across our three ski fields, specifically in the reduction of food packaging waste, for example:

  • Removal of single-use plastic sauce portions replaced with re-fillable industrial size bottles
  • Encouraging the use of ceramics across all food and beverage
  • Providing compostable paper coffee and soup cups
  • Single-serve grab-and-go compostable cardboard holders
  • Recycling stations across food and beverage and recycling at back of house


Energy efficiency

We focus on lowering energy usage across our operations, for example, each one of our buses offsets 50-60 cars per day making it by far the most environmentally and economically sustainable form of transport to the mountains. This transport service is well in alignment with both the POW and TIA objectives with a newer, more efficient fleet that encourages the use of public transport.

Our new snowmaking technology is highly efficient too. For example, Coronet Peak’s state of the art snowmaking system uses 95% recycled water sourced from high-altitude water storage reservoirs, which at 1200m above sea level keeps the water at about 0C, at least 20% more energy-efficient than from other sources.  And we’re constantly investing in new equipment which runs more efficiently.

Passionate staff

Our staff have a genuine passion for the environment and this sets the foundation for what we can achieve in this area.  Across our fields, we have volunteers who assist with projects including waste sorting, replanting of native vegetation, wilding pine eradication and trapping for pests to protect bird wildlife.

For example, at the Remarkables, a formal committee meets every week to take action on improving education, waste management and environment conservation at the ski field, while at Hutt, a team of volunteers plant native trees for carbon offsetting. In 2017 Coronet Peak staff volunteers removed wilding pines (which are an introduced species), onsold them as Christmas trees with all monies being donated to a local charity.


Fairtrade and Better Cotton uniforms

Through our partnership with Kathmandu, our staff uniforms are socially and environmentally sustainable, and in some cases a mix of recycled cotton and virgin cotton.

A large portion of the crew collection is certified Fair Trade meaning these were manufactured by people receiving a living wage.

Kathmandu is also a member of Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton, a non-profit global organisation that works with a diverse range of stakeholders across the cotton supply chain to promote measurable and continuing improvements for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas.

Our work

Our mountain environment