Qualmark 4 Star Accommodation & Silver Sustainable Tourism Business

Chalet Romantica is proud to have maintained the Qualmark 4 Star Accommodation grade and received the Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award. We strive to consistently exceed our guests’ expectations and provide exceptional service whilst protecting our beautiful natural environment.

Qualmark 200 wideQualmark is the New Zealand tourism industry’s official quality assurance organisation. They regularly carry out an assessment to provide accommodation with a star rating and award businesses that are delivering a holistically sustainable experience. The Silver award, as described by Qualmark, is given to businesses that “have a real focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to ensure the tourism product they deliver is a genuine, constantly improving sustainable experience.” Find out more about How Qualmark Works

Some of the systems we have in place to protect our environment and support the local economy include:

  • A large selection of herbs grown on site
  • Local suppliers are supported, and organic and spray free produce is used where possible
  • A composting system is used and food scraps are fed to our pet goats
  • Waste separation containers are used for recycling
  • Monitor water and electricity usage levels and take action to reduce consumption
  • Use of an outside line to dry laundry rather than a tumble drier
  • Guests are encouraged to make use of the green linen system

At the Chalet, we aim to provide you with a personalised and unforgettable experience which we hope will leave you with lasting memories.  Get in touch if you’re interested in visiting the Bay of Islands, we would love to welcome you to our place!

Sunday outing: Opua – Kawakawa rail trail

We recently went on a family bike ride on the Opua – Kawakawa rail trail which follows the old heritage railway line. It’s a beautiful ride along the Waikare estuary, through a tunnel and alongside the mangroves. The track is flat and a nice ride for any age to enjoy.

The cycle trail begins at Opua Harbour and makes for a great day out with a visit to the Opua Marina Café where you can enjoy a meal and hire your bikes. Check out some of the photos from our day…

If you’d like more information about the railway or the cycle track, you can find it here: http://bit.ly/opuacycletrail