How to support local NZ businesses

Posted on April 30 2020

How to support local NZ businesses
Our nation got hit hard by Covid-19 when small businesses were forced to temporarily close their doors to protect our people against the spreading virus. 
New Zealand is a small business goldmine with some real gems operating up and down the country. Now we’re out of the Level 4 lock-down, it's time to support the little guys and #BackYourBackyard before looking beyond our borders. Here's a few ideas on how you can play your part.

What can you do to help?

Doing a big supermarket shop? Consider purchasing fresh produce and meats from companies like Get Groceries who supply food boxes jam packed with local fresh produce from NZ farmers.

Need some retail therapy? Explore local clothing designers, adventure tech companies like us, office supplies from the likes of MOYORK, home products from The Waste Free Home, or quality kids toys handmade by Kiwis. Facebook groups such as ‘Support NZ Businesses’ are a great way to browse some local companies you can support.

When it comes to travel, no doubt you are all itching to get out of the house. Tourism contributes approximately $16.2 billion annually to our New Zealand GDP, so as you can imagine, Covid19 has had a massive impact on this sector.
Before you start planning that overseas trip, stop and consider how much of your own backyard you have yet to explore. New Zealand is an absolute gem of a country and now is the best time to grab your action camera and take advantage of seeing more of it, without the tourist packed crowds!

Did you know Milford Sound clocks approximately 1 million visitors a year? Described as the 8th wonder of the world, it’s no surprise that this breath-taking waterfall is on the list! A place many Kiwis haven’t yet explored, it should be on your list once we’re all clear to travel again – before international tourists flock our lands.

Taupō is home to a plethora of adventure sports. Head this way if you’re into rafting, fishing, hiking, exploring waterfalls, drinking and eating at local cafes and then ending the day soaking in the natural hot springs. Explore more over at Love Taupo.

Keen on a more active adventure? From the Central Rail Trail in Otago to the Tongariro River Trail in Turangi, there are so many family-friendly trails ready to be explored again. We wrote a post on our favourites with a bit more additional detail over here.

For a unique experience, look no further then Napier, Hawkes Bay. This small Art Deco inspired town is brimming with creative culture, wineries, bike tours, vintage car experiences and more. A quick weekend getaway is all you need to go and support the local businesses that keep this town alive.

Whangārei is a stunning little town in NZ’s North Island. Head this way to support the local small businesses such as the Adventure Forest activity park, horse trekking on Tutukaka Coast, a hike up Mount Manaia to get a stunning view of the coast or a quick snack stop at Serenity Café for a homemade pie.

It's hard to know where to cap this list because we could have collated a never ending list of the thousands of products and experiences available here in NZ.
New Zealand's economy is depending on us to stay and support local wherever possible.
We got this!

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