What we see on our Hiking Trips

Full day hiking trip

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 as an epiphyte.The pseudotrunks, formed by the coalescing of descending roots after the supporting tree has died may be 2 m or more in diameter.

The bark is rough and flaky. The leaves are 2.5 – 5 cm long x 1.5 -2 cm wide,hairless, rounded and a little notched at the tip with the fine vein network clearly visible below. The flowers are red, with stamens 1-1.5 cm long. The capsules are about 7 mm long x 3.5-5 mm wide. The flowers appear during the summer and seeds are released during the following Autumn.

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Nocturnal insects feeding.

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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 body swinging from the tree by the remainder of the many legs on the long body. When the Weta stopped moving the Centipede climbed back inside the giant Kauri tree.

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Spiders

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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Bees in the Forest

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.

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Team building in the forest

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.

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