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Nature at Night

Nature at Night

A small group tour to explore nature in the night time. Encounter long-tailed bats, experience a colony of luminescent glow worms and explore the night time bush, looking and listening for all the shy creatures that come out after dark.


NZ$ 160.00

Per Person


  • Stand in awe at the sight of thousands of luminescent glowworms

  • Experience the thrill of hearing our critically endangered Long-tailed bat

  • complete a survey to aid in the conservation of Long-tailed bat

  • See the unseen


Full Description

Journey with us into the Catlins after dark on this small boutique tour where you will encounter NZ’s critically endangered long-tailed bats and experience luminescent glow worms, lead by knowledgeable local nature guides.

Along the way, you may encounter other night creatures, including some of New Zealand’s beautiful moth species and possibly see or hear Ruru (the Morepork, our native owl).

Armed with a bat detector - and with a knowledgeable guide on hand to scan the sky with night-vision goggles, you are assured of the best possible chance of hearing the call of our critically endangered Long-tailed Bat... and if you are lucky, you may even see one.

After bat spotting we will move on to view a colony of glow worms. With both sides of the 200 m embankment colonized, it makes a spectacular sight.

The track down to the glow worms is quite steep but we will loan you a walking stick and provide a red light so you don't disturb these incredible bioluminescent insects


Red lights and walking sticks on loan for the evening

Bat detectors, binoculars, headlamps and night vision goggles on loan for the evening

Meeting Point

129 Hinahina Road, Owaka

Additional Information

Come to the carpark at the top of the drive where Earthlore's courtesy van will be waiting.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.


NZ$ 160.00

Per Person

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