Lavender grown for oil - used for soaps and shampoos

The lavender variety Pacific Blue is grown for its high oil content en masse near the orchard.

The flowers are harvested and taken to the local town of Woodville where the essential oil is extracted and used in the manufacture of the Lodge's soaps, shampoos and moisturisers.

Sustainability

Breckenridge Lodge has been awarded an Enviro-Gold rating, the highest Qualmark rating for environmental sustainabilty. The award represents a commitment to continually working towards more sustainable business practices through eco tourism.

The Lodge implements the best possible environmentally concious business practices finding a balance between running a 5 star luxury lodge and the expectations of the guests. To achieve this, the following initiatives have been put in place:

Laundry

All the laundry at Breckenridge is washed with rain water collected off the roof with biodegradable washing powder. It is then dried to perfection using the Hawkes Bay sunshine!

Water Supply

The majority of water consumed is provided by stored filtered rain water. The orientation of the Lodge means maximum use can be made from solar energy. Solar panels located on the Lodge's roof, supply hot water to the kitchen and bathrooms.

All the toilets are dual flush to help minimise water wastage

Waste Water

All waste water is passed through an Enviro flow system, filtered and pumped to supply water to the native trees and grasses.

Vegetable Garden

Herbs, salads and vegetables are organically grown in the Lodges extensive vegetable garden providing seasonal produce for the breakfast and dinner menus. An Enviroflow watering system using grey ground water irrigates the garden.

Bathroom Products

Pacific Blue a variety of Lavender, is grown en masse near the orchard. This supplies the essential oil used for the lodge’s soaps, shampoos and moisturisers manufactured in the nearby town of Woodville.

Kitchen Waste

Vegetable wastes are mulched for compost which is feed back into the garden.

Recycling

All paper, glass, tin, aluminium and plastics are recycled through the councils recycling scheme.

Planting

New trees and shrubs are continually being added to the grounds.The garden has been planted with hundreds of native trees and an orchard of oranges, peaches, persimmon and other fruits provides the lodge with ingredients for chutneys, jams and preserves.

Everything is at Breckenridge Lodge is organically grown.

Qualmark enviro gold

Qualmark® is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. Each accommodation property has been assessed individually as professional and trustworthy, giving travellers the reassurance to book with confidence.