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What the Tiaki Promise is about: see how we care

Tiaki means to care for people and place. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now, and for future generations.

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Aotearoa,

Welcome to New Zealand

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Our eco-project: Children’s Bay Park

  • Replanting native plants
  • Installing new fence lines
  • Creating ponds and wetlands
  • On behalf of all Space Travellers

More info about this project

Experience the magic of New Zealand, while keeping it beautiful

The easiest way to help out is to stick to the Tiaki Promise. This means that while travelling in New Zealand you will:

  • Care for sea, land and nature. Treading lightly and leaving no trace
  • Travel safely, showing care and consideration for all
  • Respect culture, travelling with an open heart and mind
  • Protect nature
  • Keep NZ clean
  • Drive carefully 
  • Be prepared
  • Show respect

How to go (freedom) camping in a responsible way

  • Camp only in places where you are allowed to camp
  • Follow the rules of the campsite
  • Take with you what you brought in and leave no trace

Use our free camping app

It is the best and easiest way to find all free & budget campsites in New Zealand!

Registration at DOC campsite in New Zealand

Register at DOC campsite on arrival and pay fee via honesty box

Safe driving tips for your road trip

  • Keep left!
  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Don't exceed the speed limit.
  •  Drive to the conditions.
  • Stop at STOP signs.
  • Slow down to the recommended speed around bends.
  • Only overtake vehicles when it's safe to do.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Don't use your mobile phone while driving.
  • Take your time

More info & tips about driving in NZ

Dream Sleeper Mini campervan on road trip Taranaki

Take your time to explore the outer space of New Zealand

See more of New Zealand but leave no trace

Explore the amazing scenery that New Zealand has to offer, but respect the rules and make sure to leave no trace.

Always stick to the Tiaki Promise when exploring New Zealand.

Make sure to get off the beaten path as New Zealand has much more to offer than the "standard" Instagram photo locations.

See tips & route suggestions

Ultimate freedom is exploring New Zealand by campervan

Freedom to explore New Zealand... But leave no trace

Conservation project: Children’s Bay Park in Akaroa

Spaceships started in New Zealand in 2004 by creating a new vehicle category in the rental market and then successfully exported this innovation to Australia and the UK. From our humble beginnings of two vehicles, we now operate over 1000 vehicles across New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Reducing the impact on the environment

We are always evolving the way we operate to help reduce our impact on the environment. As our global operations were born here in New Zealand we felt it appropriate to work together as a group on a special project here in New Zealand called Children’s Bay Park.

Conservation project Children's Bay Park

Children’s Bay Park is a 200 Hectare peninsula of land located in Akaroa Harbour just 80 minutes from Christchurch. It is a beautiful piece of land surrounded by two harbours. Approximately 100 Hectares is in the native bush. The other half of the land is an operating farm running a small high-quality herd of Angus cattle that graze the grass faces and ridges.

Spaceships has been involved for many years now helping to replant areas of the property, re-fence the gullies so the native plants can grow, create wetlands to help filter any stock runoff and provide habitat for local birdlife, pest trapping and more recently public walking tracks.

Replanting native plants

Over the last 10 years, over 25,000 plants have been planted. These plants include flaxes, Totora, Redwoods, Nikau palms, Kanuka, Manuka, and various grasses. All this planting along with the pest trapping has helped the native bird population make a great recovery.

Multiple new fence lines have been installed and several ponds and wetlands created with many more to come. More recently we created a walking trail that links the township of Takamatua to Akaroa. This has now become a popular short walk with spectacular views of the harbours on both sides.

Replanting native plants at conservation project in Akaroa

Over 25,000 plants have been planted at our conservation project in Akaroa

Experience this conservation project on the free walking track

The Children’s Bay Walk or ‘The Rhino Walk’ (named after the life-size sculpture of a Rhino at the top of the hill) has become a popular free walk for locals and visitors and we encourage all our Space Travellers to drive over to Akaroa and walk the track. Keep your eyes open for a family of giraffes also!

Spend the night at the campsite

Akaroa is a highlight in the Canterbury region and a great place to spend a night or two. There is a great TOP 10 campsite and plenty of other accommodation options, beautiful restaurants, a quaint seaside town with a relaxed vibe, plus a world-class trip to go swim with the worlds smallest dolphins, which is rated as one of the best experiences in New Zealand.

Experience this conservation project on the free walking track

The Children’s Bay Walk is a popular free walk in Akaroa

Thank you, Space Travellers

We thank all our customers as your support helps us to continue to reinvest into Children’s Bay Park and enables us to continue to plant, maintain walking tracks and trap pests. We hope you enjoy these recently taken images of the Park and that some of you make it over to Akaroa and go and immerse yourselves in the Park. Happy travels