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The 2019 bat night season is here! Below are events to be held across NZ.


Bat Tour

Waikato Museum  

1 Grantham St, Hamilton

Friday 22nd February (6.30pm - 8.30pm)

Friday 8th and 22nd March (6.00pm - 8.00pm)


Ever wondered what creatures come out at night in Hamilton city? Book into one of our famous Bat Tours and find out!

Join us for an entertaining and informative experience at the Museum, before we go out bat spotting with our bat detectors at Hammond Park. If we’re lucky, we’ll hear the bats or even see them as they hunt for their evening snack. We'll also explore the boardwalk and keep our eyes open for other nocturnal animals such as glow-worms, eels and more. Children must be age 5+ and accompanied by an adult.

This event starts at Waikato Museum and ends in Hammond Park, Hillcrest. You will need to provide your own transport to Hammond Park.


Please note: this is an outdoor tour so dress for the weather. Wear suitable outdoor footwear and pack a raincoat just in case.


Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, $50 family (2 adults + 2 children)


Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.



























Are there bats in Oratio?

7 Parker Rd, Oratio

Sunday 10th March

5pm - 8pm


A free fun community event. Family friendly.

How can we find our elusive native bats and help them to survive?


We will have guest speakers on bats and birds! Information on pest control and how to encourage bats and birds to the Oratia area. A bat bouncy castle, fancy dress - come as your favourite bat! Face painting and games!

Free BBQ sausage sizzle and cakes! Bring a picnic and enjoy meeting the neighbours! Make bat masks, make your own  free rat traps. Prizes and giveaways. Easy parking by the Oratia Church. Bring torches and gumboots. Hosted by Oration Native Wildlife Project and Community Waitakere

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Spook Exhibition

Zimmerman Art Gallery

329 Main St

North Palmerston

1st - 31st March

11am - 3pm


Whanganui sculptor Angela Tier's Spook exhibition of a colony of small bat urns is to also help raise awareness that the mammal is endangered. Tier says we may already have lost one native species of these tiny bats. "The greater short-tailed bat was last sighted in 1965, and has been declared extinct - so we should do what we can to protect our remaining native species."


The pekapeka is our only surviving land mammal and threatened by habitat degradation and disturbance, as well as predation and competition from introduced mammals. Around the world bats are as important to human survival as honeybees, pollinating forests and fruits, and eating insects that would otherwise need to be managed by harmful pesticides. More information:


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