Eco retreat celebrates opening

Monday August 24, 2015 Written by Published in Environment
Luana and Matthew Scowcroft thanked both sets of parents and all their friends for their support in getting Ikurangi Eco Retreat up and running. Luana and Matthew Scowcroft thanked both sets of parents and all their friends for their support in getting Ikurangi Eco Retreat up and running.

A casual celebration marked the opening of the innovative Ikurangi Eco Retreat in Matavera last Friday afternoon.

 

Ikurangi Eco Retreat is the Cook Islands’ first purpose-built eco accommodation and ‘glamping’ site and is located on Matavera’s back road with stunning mountain views.

The site has three ‘Are’ bungalows and four luxury safari tents which use a sustainable waste-management system and composting toilets to minimise the impacts of tourism on the natural environment.

The innovative operation has relationships with a number of other eco-friendly businesses on Rarotonga and provides eco-friendly activities and a visitor payback scheme, where guests can make a donation to Te Ipukarea Society on departure.

Five per cent of all profits made by the business will go to local conservation initiatives. 

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