TreadRight Foundation

AAT Kings is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation that works to safeguard the planet, wildlife and people in the places we visit for generations to come.

Travel is an incredible gift. It has the ability to open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to the unique cultures and spellbinding beauty of the natural world. But with this gift comes a responsibility – to protect the world as we know it.

By being a founding member of TreadRight, we work together to have a positive impact on the people and communities we visit, to help protect marine and wildlife, and to care for the planet we all call home.


At TreadRight, we are committed to encouraging the cultures, traditions and arts of the communities we visit to thrive. We seek to enable some of these communities to see true benefit from tourism through economic empowerment. We do this through our support of micro-enterprises, and community based tourism initiatives that build positive futures for community members and their families.


Reducing the environmental impact of our business isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have’ for us, it’s at the core of what we do. Together with The Travel Corporation, we are supporting projects striving to keep our oceans and coastlines clean, we’re committed to safeguarding the future of our planet. We’ve committed to eliminating as many unnecessary single-use plastics in both our offices and out on the road by 2022. In 2017 we introduced our e-docs program which allows our guests to receive their travel documents digitally, replacing the need for paper whilst also having a tree planted in their name as part of our plant a tree initiative.


The world’s wildlife is balancing on a dangerous precipice, so it is our responsibility to help protect the species most at risk of extinction. Partnering with leading wildlife organisations, we work to help protect and rehabilitate some of the elephant, rhino and big cat populations globally, whilst educating our guests on ethical wildlife experiences. In Australia, we’ve partnered with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to support one of the largest and busiest wildlife hospitals in the world! They strive to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured or displaced native wildlife, contributing to research that supports conservation of Australian native fauna.

Our Local Projects

2,290+ Give Lunches are delivered daily

Eat My Lunch

We are proud to support New Zealand enterprise Eat My Lunch. The organisation was founded in 2015 with a mission to ensure that no child at school goes hungry, and with an overarching aim to reduce child poverty in New Zealand, as one in four kids currently live in poverty.

For every lunch we buy from Eat My Lunch on a New Zealand Guided Holiday, a lunch is given to child in need, making a tangible difference to childrens’ lives.

  • Since 2015, Eat My Lunch has provided 1,407,741 lunches to Kiwi Kids
  • With our support, Eat My Lunch provides lunches to 79 schools in Auckland and Wellington
  • Of the participating schools, 89% saw improved health and wellbeing in their students

Support Eat My Lunch on our New Zealand tours: "South Island Tours"

Over 2,360 koalas helped

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

Thanks to AAT Kings and the TreadRight Foundation, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated over 2,000 koalas since 2014. As Australia’s busiest koala hospital, the facility is at the forefront of koala research and conservation.

  • Despite being one of Australia’s most iconic animals, the koala is under severe threat in the wild
  • Habitat destruction, road accidents, dog attacks and life threatening diseases continue to devastate populations
  • Through sponsoring the AAT Kings Trauma Treatment Ward at the Wildlife Hospital, the TreadRight Foundation directly helps up to 13 koalas in recovery at any one time
  • With this support, the dedicated team of veterinary staff work tirelessly to provide hundreds of koalas each year with a second chance at life in the wild

Visit Australia Zoo in Queensland on: "East Coast Islands & Rainforest" 13 Day Guided Holiday

55% of kiwis hatched nationwide

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

We support the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered kiwi. Our hatchery at Rainbow Springs is the largest kiwi conservation hatchery in the world.

  • 76% of all North Island chicks and 55% of chicks hatched nationwide are incubated at our hatchery
  • Visitors on our ‘behind the scenes’ tours are given a unique insight into the work that our teams do every day to help save the kiwi
  • Our Kiwi Breeding Program hatches and raises chicks and performs health checks and daily monitoring
  • Donations assist with funding research into incubation and rearing
  • The aim is to help raise awareness of the protection of the kiwi and act as a pivotal role in their survival

Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua on the majority of our North Island holidays. Find a North Island Guided Holiday

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