Do you know anything about the disease that is killing New Zealand's Kauri trees? Read more below for an insight into how you can help. Phytophthora agathidicida: This is the scientific name for Kauri Dieback. This disease has no cure and can be spread by the most tiny piece of soil. You can't tell if a tree is infected by looking at it. Efforts need to be put in place to reduce the spread of this disease. Boot cleaning stations like the one shown in the images below demonstrate efforts to help save New Zealand's Kauri trees. Staying on the track [...]
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 be poisonous. On one of our recent night walks we encountered a group of cave weta, as we viewed them in the light from the spot light a huge Centipede attacked. It caught a Weta and bit it behind the head, wrapping the Weta with its [...]
Feral Bees are back in the hollow branches in the Kauri Trees. Between the years 2000 and 2006 Varroa mite (Varroa Destructor) was accidently introduced to NZ, the mite decimated the Bee colonies in the forest. HoneyBees (Apis Mellifera) were brought in by the Europeans 1839 to the Hokianga. Native Bees of NZ live in holes dug in the ground. There are 28 species, consisting of three main species, Leioproctus, Hylaeus and Lasioglossum. These Bees help pollinate the flowers in the forest along with birds and Bats.
ADVENTURE PUKETI IS EXCITED ABOUT OUR UNIQUE PRODUCT. TEAM BUILDING. BRING YOUR TEAM BIG OR SMALL INTO THE PUKETI KAURI RAIN FOREST . EXPERIENCE OUR HALF DAY FORESTWALK ,MORNING OR AFTERNOON. OR PERHAPS EVEN TAKE AN ADVENTURE ON DUSK WITH YOUR GUIDE, JOIN THE NOCTURNAL CREATURES. ACCOMODATION AND CATERING CAN BE ARRANGED.
Recently we hosted three Cruise ships to the Bay of Islands. The Dawn Princess was followed on the same day as the Sun Princess. The next day the Oosterdam arrived. The Princess line passengers were awed by the size of the Ancient Kauri trees, they age from seedlings to 1200 year old trees. The Oosterdam passengers walk a trail with many different associations of forest. They encounter Flora and Fauna undisturbed.