• How do you know if you are too close to a wild animal?

    September 10, 2019 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    At Leave No Trace we put a lot of work into helping people understand that animals need their space. Humans take up so much of the world that when we go into areas where wildlife is at home, we need to make sure we do it on their terms. That means giving them space. Maybe …

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  • Moa Bones, An Example of Leave What You Find

    September 1, 2019 Comments (1) Blog Posts

    An article on the news this morning drew attention to the selling of moa bones on sites such as TradeMe. I thought it was an excellent truly New Zealand example of the leave no trace principle of “Leave what you find”. “As soon as there’s a trade, there’s an incentive to start illegally

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  • Taking Your Deposit Back Home With You

    August 14, 2019 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    Visiting the mountain regions of New Zealand is one of my passions. The freedom and wild beauty of our hills, valley and rivers is a treasure to be protected and passed to the next generation. The spread of protected lands and habitats across Aoteroa New Zealand is second to none on this small fragile planet. …

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  • Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    February 17, 2019 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    When does spreading acts of kindness become a Leave No Trace issue? When the kindness comes in the form of painted rocks left in national parks. The painted rock project has taken the outdoor world of rocks by storm. The Kindness Rocks Project started the trend, encouraging people to find smooth rocks, paint them with

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  • Abel Tasman Kayaks and Leave No Trace

    March 22, 2018 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    Abel Tasman Kayaks has been working with Leave No Trace New Zealand for two years and has run two very successful Leave No Trace Trainer courses for its guides, and makes sure all our guides are Leave No Trace qualified! We have been spreading the Leave no Trace principles via our maps that we provide …

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  • Myrtle Rust – an example of international travelling organisms

    May 7, 2017 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    Fresh off the press is news of a newly identified threat that could kill a range of native plants including Pōhutukawa, Rata, Mānuka, Kānuka, Ramarama, Rōhutu and Swamp Maire. At Leave No Trace our education programmes have included ways to avoid spreading Dydimo, Kauri Collar Rot/ Dieback, and invasive species

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  • Fire Ban! Should we change the LNT principle?

    January 14, 2017 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    The Leave No Trace principle “Minimise the effects of fire” is one of the most controversial. People tend to hold strong views either for or against fires. Some think that a trip outdoors isn’t complete with an evening fire, others worry about the potential for wildfires that burn entire forests. Where you stand

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  • Aoraki Solutions, proud supporter of Leave No Trace principles

    October 10, 2016 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    Aoraki Solutions was born in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. A family owned business with one clear goal in mind, to allow freedom campers, and outdoor enthusiasts a clean and sanitary way of disposing of human waste. The photo was taken on a heli-camp trip by Alpine Guides (Aoraki) and demonstrates

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  • Free Loaders and Seed Spreaders

    June 23, 2016 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    Free-loaders! all over my arms, socks, velcro. My first thought is to get them off, so I sit down and start to rip them off me and toss them aside. Suddenly I realise I have just been manipulated by a plant. Those amazingly clever plants have worked out how to get a free ride to …

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  • LNT Freedom Camping with Kids

    November 9, 2010 Comments (0) Blog Posts

    When we take our children freedom camping we teach them to leave no trace. We have been to some beautiful spots in the last year – Lake Tennyson and Lake Pukaki. Fantastic to have that morning coffee with such awesome scenery around you. We always take a small shovel or pocket trowel to bury human …

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