1. BYO reusable water bottle + carry bags
Super simple and a must-do even if you’re not traveling – reusable water bottles are really made for everyday life. So if you haven’t already, it’s time to say goodbye to plastic water bottles. There’s a huge range of eco-friendly reusable waters for all your hydration needs. From double insulated walls, glass water bottles, stainless steel options, flip-top lids, to squeeze top spouts, you name it, it’s been dreamed it up. It’s super handy to have with you while traveling in NZ with clean, refreshing H2O ready to fill from the tap. While you’re at it, remember to have a reusable bag with you – you never know when you’ll need one. Grocery stores have banned plastic bags so either bring your own reusable bag or you will need to purchase one for a fee. You can find a list of shops in Gisborne here.
2. Leave no trace behind
This is actually not as hard as it sounds. It’s just about being more aware about what you bring in with you and what you need to bring out. Don’t let food wrappers go flying in the wind and make sure you use recycle what you can. If you’re out on a day hike or exploring the city to Titirangi Reserve along Tupapa Heritage Trail it may pay to bring a small bag to bring your rubbish out with you in case there are no rubbish bins handy. And even better, pick up any rubbish you may see along the way – every bit counts!