Give Back to Nature tour

A five hour, small group tour (max 6 people) where you will work to create habitat for yellow-eyed penguins, have a picnic on the beach and visit a local conservation project.

  • 6
  • 5 hours
  • per personNZD $133


  • Become a Wildlife Guardian.
  • Bird spotting on route to YEPT reserve.
  • One to two hours working on a local conservation project.
  • Tour of a local conservation project.


We will make a donation to a local Catlins conservation project on your behalf.


Wildlife Guardianship Workshop

The tour begins with a Wildlife Guardianship workshop to arm you with the skills and knowledge you require to enjoy The Catlins' without harm to birds, beach or bush. You will get a hot drink to enjoy during the talk and you will be given a handout at the end of the workshop with all the relevant information.

We will then make our way to the Yellow-eyed penguin reserve, doing some bird spotting along the way.



Penguin Reserve

At the Yellow-eyed penguin reserve you will be a part of a small team (up to 6 people), planting natives to create habitat for penguins and other wildlife and/or weeding around existing plantings - receiving a certificate for your efforts.


Bush Tour

After a picnic lunch on the beach we will head down to Shank's bush for a short tour of an established conservation project where we will talk about how the area came into being; giving a brief background on the Papatowai Forest Heritage Trust and other groups doing conservation work in The Catlins.

During the tour we will loan you a pair of binoculars.

We will also provide you with garden gloves and all the tools and safety equipment required.



Upon payment you will receive a certificate to verify you will help to create habitat for Catlins' wildlife and to confirm that a donation has been made on your behalf to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.


Need accommodation? Book our Pekapeka Tiny House here

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