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21 10, 2014

Celebrity Solstice First Cruise Ship of The Season

By |2018-12-19T15:08:09+00:00October 21st, 2014|Birds, dining, Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, flowers, fruit, News, Plants, Spring, summer, Walks, weta|0 Comments

Coach at Puketi Forest.Bay of Islands.New Zealand Trail head at Puketi Forest

3 02, 2013

What we see on our Hiking Trips

By |2013-06-06T01:13:58+00:00February 3rd, 2013|accomodation, Birds, centipede, dining, Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, flowers, fruit, News, nightsky, Old forest.combo walk, Plants, private, Spiders, Spring, summer, Walks, weta|0 Comments

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 [...]

15 01, 2013

Nocturnal insects feeding.

By |2013-06-06T01:40:38+00:00January 15th, 2013|accomodation, Birds, centipede, dining, Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, flowers, fruit, News, nightsky, Old forest.combo walk, Plants, private, Spiders, Spring, summer, Uncategorized, Walks, Wedding, weddings|0 Comments

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 [...]

3 01, 2013

Spiders

By |2013-06-06T01:36:35+00:00January 3rd, 2013|accomodation, Birds, dining, Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, flowers, fruit, News, nightsky, Old forest.combo walk, Plants, Spiders, Spring, summer, Walks|0 Comments

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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