Sustainability

Sustainability is at the core of Aura Accommodation.

In fact, one of our key values is to educate and inspire, because we are the change our world needs. Follow our progress as we implement more sustainable initiatives into the day-to-day running of our business, and educate and inspire our guests to make more sustainable choices too.

Committed to our environment

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Total Donated to Rotorua Trails Trust Last Month
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Percentage of Property Powered by Solar Last Month
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Total Donated to Big Brothers and Big Sister of Rotorua Last Month
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Percentage of Total Waste Diverted from Landfill Last Month
Cartoon sign post with hand giving a thumbs up.
$
Total Donated to Rotorua Trails Trust Last Month
Cartoon sun with a power plug coming out of it. Hand giving a thumbs up signal
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Percentage of Property Powered by Solar Last Month
Logo for Big brothers big sisters with a hand giving a thumbs up.
$
Total Donated to Big Brothers and Big Sister of Rotorua Last Month
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Percentage of Total Waste Diverted from Landfill Last Month
Sign in garden which shows the percentage of guest waste composted.

Composting

We are committed to providing composting facilities to our guests and have set an ambitious goal to compost over 50% of our waste. That requires commitment from both sides. What’s best, we can even pack up some compost and send it home with you for the garden!
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Send Your Service

Send Your Service is an opportunity for our guest to forfeit their daily housekeeping service for a $5 donation to a local charity we’re supporting. It’s one way our guests can help us do some good in our community. So far we have donated over $21,000.
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Solar Energy

When the sun’s out, we run on solar. Further reducing our environmental footprint, we now use our electricity more smartly, timing operations for peak solar production to use our own generated electricity. For everything else, we are supplied by Meridian Energy, which generates 100% renewable energy.
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Qualmark Silver Award

In 2021 we achieved a Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award. We are really proud of this achievement and it also gives us great feedback on what our sustainable goals can be for the future.

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Glass Milk

No more single use milk cartons! We bottle our milk in renewable glass jars. Less waste to the landfill and a better tasting drop in your morning coffee.
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Local & Fairtrade

We choose amenities that support local businesses, support fair working conditions worldwide and choose the most sustainable packaging. Our espresso coffee is sourced from Revolver Espresso, a local Rotorua business, and our other amenities are proudly Fairtrade Certified.
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Geothermal Power

We are powered by geothermal energy. Well, not exclusively, but all our hot water is heated from clean, green, geothermal power. That includes your shower, the tap water, the in-room radiators, outdoor pool and thermal steam box for cooking. We tap into the earth’s renewable goodness to keep things toasty.
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In-Room Waste Sorting

We make correctly sorting your waste easy by providing clear information and different bins in your room. We then do the rest to ensure it finds its way to the compost, recycling or the landfill. We even keep some food aside for Farmer Brown and his pigs south of the city.
Two white rubbish bins labelled 'Recycling and landfill' and one small black bin labelled 'compost'

Removing Plastic Bin Liners

Wasteful and unnecessary. We’ve removed plastic bin liners from our bins (most), and instead, line them with re-used paper. On average, this saves 8,000 plastic bags every year from entering our landfills – little change, big difference!
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Soap Recycling

We are involved in the Back to Base soap recycling programme, where that little bar of soap you’ve only used the once is recycled and converted into bio diesel and biodegradable industrial cleaners.
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Rotorua Sustainable Charter

We are part of the Rotorua Sustainable Charter, a member organisation that is dedicated to promoting sustainable practices within the Rotorua District.

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What’s Next?

With our drive to continue finding ways to reduce our environmental footprint, we’ve got plans for the future – reinstating chemical free cleaning (when safe), minimising our chemical use in our pools and further supporting our local charities, to name a few.
Knowledgeable Staff
"The service from beginning to end was truly exceptional and utterly unique."
Kersti, August 2021
Best Quiet Location
“We are about to leave this little gem of a motel situated in the best part of Rotorua. Aura is a stone’s throw from the lake and very close to Eat Streat.”
Dale, July 2021
Swimming All Year Round
“Pool was 5 star and could not keep the kids out.”
Bill, October 2021
Perfect Biking Base
“Came for a mountain bike weekend with friends, secure bike storage, washing station, trail maps and a short ride to the forest - an easy stay for bikers.”
Amy, October 2021
Rooms to Suit Everyone
“Our room was really clean and comfortable with everything we needed for a comfortable stay.”
Nikau, September 2021
Sustainable
“Hats off to you guys for all your kindness to the environment too!”
Cathy, July 2021