New Zealand Forest
Image Courtesy of Malene Holm
Prior to the arrival of the Maori people around 800 years ago, New Zealand was almost entirely covered by forest. However, reducing the amount of forest began with the Maori and was accelerated by the European settlers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Neverthless, there are still significant areas of forest in New Zealand. Within them are many species of magnificent trees which are found nowhere else in the world. The largest of these are the kauri, rimu and totara.
No visit to New Zealand is complete without experiencing at least one of the country's splendid native forests.