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What are we doing for the planet?

We use sustainable practices at Pihopa Retreat, aiming to have as low an impact as possible on our surroundings, ensuring it stays beautiful for the visitors of the future.

Pihopa Retreat is located in Bishopdale and has for 130 years been a focal point in the life of the Nelson Diocese and its history is closely associated with the development of Nelson. With its historic chapel, residence, well-kept grounds and protected trees it is a unique area. As the current guardians of this special location, we want to ensure it is looked after for its guardians of the future.

Our environmental journey began when we established Pihopa Retreat and being in our infancy, we strive to make it in the forefront of our mind whilst we establish ourselves and our sustainable practices. We will continually review and adapt our practices to ensure that we are taking advantage of all appropriate initiatives to influence our impact on the world and our community.


The sustainable practices currently in place at Pihopa Retreat are:

  • Option for guests to reuse towels, to save water and reduce chemical detergents
  • Recycling programme in place in suites and main house for aluminium, plastics, food waste, paper, cardboard, and glass
  • Buying locally made to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution and reduce our carbon miles, we are proud to say that every item we provide in our beautiful breakfast is locally produced
  • Member of the “Keep NZ Beautiful” program
  • Biodegradable bin liners and bags
  • Reduce paper by electronic transmission of all documentation where possible, double-sided printing, and use of recycled paper.
  • ‘Eco Store’ Biodegradable chemicals for cleaning and purchased in bulk
  • ‘Real World’ natural toiletries purchased in bulk and containers are returned and refilled when required. Their natural plant-based produce range is toxin and chemical free.
  • Suite toiletries are provided in recyclable containers
  • Actively avoid purchasing items that can’t be recycled
  • Breakfast food storage is done in reusable and washable containers
  • Beeswax wraps are used instead of gladwrap
  • Fruit and vegetable waste is composted in our worm farm
  • All laundry is washed onsite and sundried to conserve energy
  • Seasonal spray—free fruit from our Pihopa Retreat Garden is provided in the suites
  • Sparkling water is provided to guests from the Nelson based company ‘Wotar’
  • We are a carbon friendly business and have received Ekos Carbon Friendly Certification.
  • Nespresso Recycling process for all guest coffee pods
  • Our Suites are equipped with cutlery, dishware and glasses rather than disposable single-use items
  • Providing environmentally friendly and organic tea bags from Pukka with biodegradable bags and recyclable paper tags, using organic grade herbs fairly and sustainable sourced
  • Motion detector lights outside suite doors
  • Our breakfast spreads have been purchased from Pics a local supplier and we refill them in glass jars for every new guest (following all the COVID19 guidelines)
  • Our honey is made onsite by our busy bees
  • Suite toiletries made from Rockstock, and amazing ‘paper’ that is made from 80% Calcium Carbonate (in the form of quarry waste). It’s a tree free paper that helps reduce deforestation. The contents include sustainable bamboo toothbrushes, timber combs and recycled timber shafts for the cotton buds, PLA compostable shower caps and a wheat straw plastic compostable handle on the razor.
  • Over 750 plants and trees have been planted at Pihopa Retreat since January 2021.


We know this is only a start to our commitment to the environment, our region and our planet.  We will keep looking and keep striving to improve our practices and add to this list.

Let us know, if there is something you can see we’ve missed, we’d love to hear! Just drop us a line or come and stay and experience it for yourself!

Sarah & Sam Mellor
Pihopa Retreat

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225 Waimea Road, Bishopdale
Nelson 7011, New Zealand

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Everything we do at Pihopa Retreat has the aim of having as low an impact as possible on our surroundings to ensure that it stays beautiful for the visitors of the future.

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