Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lord of the Forest

One of the highlights of the Kauri Coast is the superb Waipoura Forest. Managed by the Department of Conservation, the forest covers 9105 hectares and abounds with rare New Zealand flora and fauna. One of the many things you can see here are the mighty kauris - New Zealand's biggest trees.
A fully grown kauri can reach 60 metres and have a trunk five metres or more in diameter. They are slow growing and some kauris are 2,000 years old. , The "Lord of the Forest"shown above, is the largest kauri tree in New Zealand and is estimated to be 1,200 years old.

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