continent of Gondwanaland -Truly a Pre-historic Forest.
The Whirinaki boasts exceptional examples of the five main podocarps: Matai, Rimu, Totara, Miro and Kahikatea which form dense canopies that rise up 65 metres, from carpets of moss and tiny ferns that spread thickly at the trees feet. Frequently seen dotted on the forest floor are brightly coloured fungi and lichens .
Rushing rivers, diverse habitats, bird life that includes the native kaka, pigeon, tui, bellbird, waxeye, longtailed cuckoo, blue duck, parakeet as well as pigs, deer, kiwi, bats and a fascinating past combine to make this treasure a truly unique experience. Unlike many of the northern hemisphere native forests which are single species stands, the Whirinaki podocarp canopy provides an excellent environment for broadleaf and hardwood plants such as tawa and kamihi, which form a colourful and fragrant under-canopy.
The Giant trees of the Whirinaki deserve their global ranking and are of international significance and are therefore protected. The forests isolation has been its saviour, with the splendour of ancient trees now preserved for everyone to enjoy .
Come out and experience it for yourself! We will help you get there!
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