“We were very pleased when PureTrails New Zealand Ltd made contact with us and offered regular donations of funds and staff time to assist with the Trust’s projects”, said Grant Eames the Chairperson of the Trust. “It is a good fit between those who bring visitors to Lake Ohau to experience the natural environment and those working to protect and enhance it”, he said.
Hilary Weller, the Managing Director of PureTrails New Zealand said she “was motived by the raw beauty of the Mackenzie area having always captivated our hearts and as a team we would like to contribute to the conservation of the natural environment for future generations”.
A donation of $6,500.00 from PureTrails New Zealand was recently presented to the Trust. “Having these extra funds and people to work on projects will give us a real boost”, said Mr Eames.
PureTrails New Zealand is a Christchurch based cycle tour operator that has been operating tours across the South Island since 2004, and cycling tours in the Ohau area since 2006. “Visitors that we bring to Lake Ohau love the natural environment they get to experience”, said Ms Weller. “We’re at a point as a company that we feel it is important to develop a long term relationship with the Trust so we can contribute some of what we earn from visitors, back into the places we visit for our business”, she said.
The Ohau Conservation Trust was also established in 2004 by people living in the Lake Ohau basin with an aim to protect its special natural values. Significant work to control wilding trees and other weeds continues to be undertaken by the Trust. The Trust has also replanted natives and has just started a possum trapping project to protect the native mistletoe found in the beech trees.