Give Back to Nature Tours

Have an awesome holiday in The Catlins, giving back to nature. Here is your opportunity to be part of a small group (maximum of 6), helping on conservation projects with locals Gordon and Janine.

You will learn how to interact with native wildlife and be supplied with a personal guide pack to get the most out of your self guided day.

We'll gather together for a meal at a local restaurant and head out to experience nature in the night time.

We can help make your holiday sustainable by planting trees in Earthlore’s Insect Conservation Habitat.

You will meet Inspector Insector and go on a guided tour of Earthlore Wildlife Gardens to learn about our work conserving native insects.


Our Give Back to Nature Tours are for adults 17 years and over. A medium level of fitness is required.


Pricing and accommodation options:

We have arranged for two local accommodation providers – Pounawea Grove Motel and Newhaven Holiday Park (self contained cabins) - to hold rooms for our Give Back to Nature Tours. The cost of your accommodation is included in the package price with two options:

Single person – own room $1085.50

And for couples, a twin share option of $860.50 per person.

Your accommodation is booked from the Thursday night to the Sunday morning and Earthlore will pick you up from your accommodation and transport you to the various activities (except on the self guided day – the Saturday) each day. When you book, we will notify you where you’ll be staying.


Trip inclusions:

*Become a Wildlife Guardian.

*Bird spotting.

*Be a part of a local conservation project.

* After dark guided nature experience. 

*Take part in a wildlife count.

*A donation to local conservation.

*You will plant trees to offset your travel.

*Meet Inspector Insector and learn about his work inspiring children to care for nature

*Tour of Earthlore Wildlife Gardens.

*Dinner at a local restaurant



 What you take home:

*Personal guide pack 

*Wildlife guardianship cap

*Insect repellent

*Incredible memories


Meals provided:

Day one:

*Tea, coffee and muffins – morning.

*Picnic lunch at Long Point.

*Tea, coffee or hot drink – afternoon.

Day two – begins in the evening:

*Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day three – morning:

*Tea, coffee and muffins.


What to bring:

*sturdy footwear

*wet weather clothing

*warm clothing

*sunscreen, sun hat and woolen beanie



Earthlore will pick you up at your accommodation and provide transport for each day’s activities (excluding your self guided day.)



Insect repellent, gardening gloves, tools, mulch, and tree protectors along with binoculars for you to borrow, reference books to help ID local native wildlife.



There are toilets at Earthlore and at Long Point. See the map in the personal guide pack provided for other public toilets in the area.

There are eateries, a hotel, a supermarket and a museum/information centre in the Owaka township, along with a medical centre.