Earthlore Wildlife Garden
Set on 10 acres in the beautiful Catlins, our garden has been evolving since we moved here in 2007, started madly planting what was then mostly bare paddocks, and we've not stopped yet.
Our focus has always been on looking after wildlife, with insects in particular, and to raise awareness of how vital these little guys are to the planet. With this mission in mind, and with tongue firmly in cheek, we have developed Earthlore as not just a garden, but the setting for a variety of fun activities for children and adults alike, including Bug City garden - full of fun signage from a bug's perspective, the Food Forest - where you can also play a round of mini Frisbee Golf (like mini golf but less serious), the Great Orlando's Magical Flea Circus Puppet Show, the insect conservation habitat, our on-site & online shop selling earth friendly gifts, and friendly tui, bellbird, donkeys, sheep and geese to meet.View Map
The GardenerWhile most of the planting decisions are made by Janine, who has a passion for gardening and a background in horticulture, it's Gordon who has the keen interest in bugs, and has even created an alter ego called Inspector Insector and written a book full of insect mysteries for children. It is also Gordon's quirky sense of humour and art background that can be seen in the colourful signage around the garden.
Only a few minutes from Owaka township on the road to Jack’s Bay
Bus parking is available but we will need to be notified in advance.
There are several places to buy food in Owaka which is only 5 minutes away by car.
We cater for school pupils of all ages including pre-school
Our activities for children include:
Bug City - Inspector-Insector will lead a tour of Bug City - a ½ acre interactive garden built especially for insects with lots of rocks (with letterboxes) for children to lift up and look under and with different habitats to poke around in, and the Queen Bee of Bug City will be sitting on her throne.
We have a nine target Frisbee Golf course with frisbees made of sponge rubber.
There is a full sized traditional Gypsy caravan on site with costumes for dress ups and photo opportunities.
Meet the resident donkeys, sheep and geese.
Most of our products are also available through our online shop.