GIANT LAND SNAILS
At Mahana we are lucky enough to have one of the world’s
few remaining populations of Powelliphanta hocstetteri bicolour – one of
the giant New Zealand land snails and we work hard to enhance and protect
them. They spend their days well hidden in the undergrowth and we often
find empty shells in the garden. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to meet
one out for a walk on a misty morning.
DAY TO DAY CARE OF THE
Our aim is to have as small a footprint as possible. We
have constructed an environmentally friendly Lodge, well insulated, warmed
by the sun, and heated by a log fire to reduce our energy usage. We also
work to reduce our impact on the land by:
Growing as many fruit and vegetables as we can –
organically and spray free. The other produce we use is sourced locally
where ever possible.
- Producing free range eggs.
- Making our own compost.
- Reducing and recycling our rubbish.
- Utilising our waste water for forest growth.
- Conserving our water as much as possible.
- Practicing conservation fishing – take only enough for your dinner
- Providing a simple uncluttered environment.
Our vision is to see the health of the forest, land and
seabed around Mahana restored so that the birds, insects and marine
creatures are once again here in abundance. We want our grandchildren’s
children to enjoy a Mahana as it was 150 years ago.