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Kiwi, National Symbol - New Zealand

New Zealand has 14 national parks and more than five million hectares — a third of New Zealand — protected in parks and reserves. They embody an incredible variety of landscape and vegetation for so small a country. From the mangrove-fringed tidal inlets of Northland to the snow-capped volcanoes of the central plateau, from the forests of the Te Urewera to the majestic fiords, glaciers and mountains of the south, this land is unique.

Much of New Zealand's flora is endemic and its extent is enormous: giant gum-producing kauri and kohekohe forests; rainforest dominated by rimu, beech, tawa, matai and rata; ferns and flax; alpine and subalpine herb fields; and scrub and tussock. One of the most noticeable plants is the pohutukawa (known as the New Zealand Christmas tree) which detonates with brilliant red flowers around December. About 10 to 15% of the total land area of New Zealand is covered with native flora, the bulk protected in national parks and reserves.

Plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth can be found here. There are unlimited opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, ranging from water skiing to snow skiing and snowboarding, from diving and snorkelling to mountain climbing, from kayaking to mountain biking, from tramping to trout fishing. But most of all New Zealand's national parks offer the chance to enjoy an unspoiled primeval landscape, where humans have had only minimal impact.

New Zealand's separation from other land masses for more than 100 million years has allowed many ancient plants and animals to survive and evolve in isolation. Complementing unique flora and fauna is a landscape that contains an unrivalled variety of landforms. In a couple of days drive it is possible to see everything from mountain ranges to sandy beaches, lush rainforests, glaciers and fiords and active volcanoes.

New Zealand Flora — Lush and Diverse

New Zealand’s high rainfall and many sunshine hours give the country a lush and diverse flora — with 80 percent of the trees, ferns, and flowering plants being native. From the kauri forests of the far north to the mountain beech forests and alpine tussock of the Southern Alps, you’ll find fascinating plants and trees in every region. You’ll be awed by the majestic evergreen native forests that include rimu, totara, many varieties of beech, and the largest native tree of them all, the giant kauri. Underneath the trees you’ll find a dense and luxurious undergrowth including countless native shrubs, a variety of ferns, and many mosses and lichens.
Yellow Flowers of Kowhai TreeSplashes of Colour
The yellow flowers of the kowhai tree are some of the prettiest you’ll ever see, and if you visit the North Island, you won’t be far from the beautiful pohutukawa tree. Its bright red flowers bloom in December, giving it the title of New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

National Parks
Over 20 percent of New Zealand is covered in national parks, forest areas and reserves. Our 13 national parks contain an incredible variety of unspoiled landscape and vegetation. Administered and maintained by the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai, these parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, kayaking and trout fishing. Most national parks have excellent hiking tracks and camping facilities, including nearly 1000 huts throughout the country.

New Zealand’s Fauna — Unique and Wonderful
About 80-100 million years ago, New Zealand drifted away from the massive supercontinent of Gondwanaland into the South Pacific. Since then, a unique flora and fauna has evolved, with a large number of beautiful native birds and plants, as well as direct descendants of prehistoric wildlife, including the tuatara, weta, and giant snail. As Time magazine said, New Zealand is an ‘ultimate storehouse for discontinued zoological models

New Zealand’s national symbol is a nocturnal flightless bird with nostrils on the end of its large beak. It is now endangered, and difficult to see in the wild. However, there are a number of ‘kiwi houses’ at zoos and wildlife parks. While they may look cute, kiwi can be fierce and highly territorial.

Whales and Dolphins
New Zealand has abundant and diverse marine life, and whale watching and swimming with dolphins are two of New Zealand’s most highly recommended tourist experiences. The small (up to 1.4m) Hector’s dolphin is the world’s rarest dolphin and only found in New Zealand waters. There are a number of spots in the South Island where you can see Hector’s dolphins close up.

New Zealand’s moa was the only wingless bird ever known. The giant moa, one of eleven species of moa, was also the tallest known, standing up to 3 metres (9 feet). Many moa bones and skeletons have been found in small caves which the hapless moa fell into. Maori hunted moa, and it is believed the birds became extinct around 400 years ago.

Other Birds
Other well-known New Zealand native birds include the kea (native parrot), weka, takahe, tui, and morepork owl. The playful kea is one of the most intelligent birds in the world and will happily attack a car in order to steal a windscreen wiper or other bits of rubber! The loveable weka is a flightless bird with a penchant for shiny objects, while the takahe has a beautiful indigo plumage and bright red beak. The takahe was believed to be extinct until it was sensationally ‘rediscovered’ in 1948 by New Zealand ornithologist Dr G.B. Orbell. Like many of New Zealand’s native birds, the tui has a beautiful song, and a white ‘parson’s collar’. The morepork owl is so named because of the sound of its call, often heard at night. Its Maori name, ruru, is also named after its call.

Kaikoura - New ZealandBird Watchers Paradise :Kaikoura
Kaikoura has one of the greatest number of different types of seabirds within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastline. The list of seabirds below have been sighted in an area from Kaikoura Peninsula south to a distance of 10 miles off the Conway rivermouth- roughly a triangular area. Most of the information on albatrosses and petrels was collected from the fishing grounds of the Virgo. One of the reasons for such a large number of different types of seabirds is the presence of a deepwater trench close inshore and upwellings of cold nutrient rich water over the shallower coastal waters (supporting flocks of tens of thousands Huttons Shearwaters which breed in the nearby Seaward Kaikoura mountains). Click on the thumbnail photo for more information on each bird specie

Great Albatross
Five varieties of the great albatross can be seen off Kaikoura. Wandering Albatross, Antipodean Albatross, Gibson's Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross and Southern Royal Albatross

Up to eight varieties of the smaller albatross (sometimes referred to as mollymawks) can be seen in the waters off kaikoura

Seven varieties; Fleshfooted, Bullers, Sooty, Short-tailed, Fluttering, Hutton's and little shearwater.

Petrels Petrels
Fourteen varieties. Some of these include Westland, Common, Diving, White chinned, Cape Pigeon, Antarctic Fulmar, Southern Giant, Northern Giant, Fairy Prion and Wilson's Storm Petrel.

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