Adventure Puketi started the new season on a beautiful sunny day. two people from the USA walked the combo walk. Starting with a 2 hour walk through the forest in the day light and 1 hour in the night, spring is happening with many flowers out. In the night insects,snails were in abundance, we heard a male [...]

What we see on our Hiking Trips

Full day hiking trip Rata flowering   One of our Hiking Trips in the Puketi Forest is a full day walk. Conservation in the forest is really noticeable now. The Northern Rata (Metrosideros robusta) is flowering again. The Rata is a tall tree, up to 25 m  or more tall,which begins its life [...]

Nocturnal insects feeding.

The giant centipede  and cave weta are present at night in the forest. The cave weta lives in dark spaces , in the Puketi forest we find them in the Giant Kauri trees that have been bled for gum. The Centipede usually lives under or in rotten logs. They have large fangs that when bitten can [...]


The Vagrant spider is found throughout New Zealand. There are 20 different species. Some of the species are not scientifically recorded. On our night walks we encounter spiders waiting in their web and actually capturing their prey. Here we have a series of photoes with the Vagrant spider dispatching a Chafer bettle:

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