Protecting the native flora and fauna

Central to the vision of Emerald Bluffs is the ongoing enhancement and protection of the natural landscape. More than 100,000 native plants, in over 60 different species, have been planted to date. All stock is sourced from the local area then propagated and grown on site.

Species that are rare to the area or endangered are being carefully added to the indigenous forest mix to encourage local biodiversity and regeneration and all exotic plant species have been successfully removed.

The creation of a wetland area and restoration of a former waterway provide a natural habitat for native wildlife. A walkway has been completed that leads you around the wetland area and down to Lake Wanaka.

The restoration and protection of this natural habitat has encouraged increased local birdlife recorded with a bird count monitoring system. The New Zealand falcon, emblem of Emerald Bluffs and one of New Zealand’s most spectacular birds now makes its home at Emerald Bluffs.