New Zealand has rainforests

Do you know the rainforest ... in New Zealand?

In our series "Do you know the rainforest ...?“We introduce you to rainforests that are outside the tropics. In the second part we go from north to south: to New Zealand. There we find trees that are thousands of years old and there the rainforest comes closer to the glacier than anywhere else on earth.

Mild temperatures and a moderate climate on New Zealand's North Island ensure lush vegetation. A real highlight that not only tourists will know is that Tane Mahuta tree in the Waipoua Forest. It takes its name from the New Zealand natives, the Maori. He means God of the forest. Indeed, the tree is an impressive sight: over 51 meters high and 13.8 meters in circumference. His age is unknown. According to estimates, it could be over 2,000 years old.

On the South Island of New Zealand, almost the entire coastal region in the west is covered with temperate rainforest. This area is one of the rainiest regions in the world and is home to one of New Zealand's most famous attractions: Den Milford Sound Fjord. Also known to many as the set in "The Lord of the Rings". Officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fjord offers an impressive natural landscape, species-rich ecosystems and dense rainforest on its mountain slopes. Countless species find valuable habitat here such as yellow-eyed penguins, seals and dolphins as well as native birds such as the kiwi, New Zealand's heraldic animal.

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