15 04, 2019

Geocaching in Puketi Forest

By |2019-04-15T09:46:57+00:00April 15th, 2019|Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, Uncategorized, Walks|0 Comments

We recently hosted some international geocachers on one of our guided walks. Geocaching is a free, high-tech treasure hunt, sort of a hide and seek with a smart phone. The goal is to find a small plastic box (cache) that contains a logbook and often small trinkets. The geocache creator hides the cache somewhere outdoors and shares its longitude, latitude and other information on https://www.geocaching.com. When you find the cache you make a note in the logbook and on the website. If you brought a trinket, you can exchange it for one in the cache. Apparently, there are 25,000 caches hidden [...]

26 02, 2019

Te Araroa Trail

By |2019-02-26T14:36:52+00:00February 26th, 2019|Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, News, Walks|0 Comments

New Zealand’s newest and longest trail is the Te Araroa trail. Te Araroa was officially opened by the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae on 3 December 2011. The 3000 km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North of NZ to Bluff in the South. It takes in spectacular NZ landscapes from beaches to volcanoes to forests to cities. Most of Te Araroa’s through-walkers will start their epic journey at Cape Reinga at the northern end of the North Island. It’s a spiritual place, so very fitting for what lies ahead. The Far North is a remote region with long, lonely stretches [...]

22 11, 2018

What is Kauri Dieback and how you can help

By |2019-02-26T20:00:23+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment|0 Comments

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 [...]

3 10, 2018

Northern Rata

By |2019-02-26T20:03:52+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, flowers, News, Walks|0 Comments

The Northern Rata (Metrosideros robusta) is one of the native trees we see on our guided walks through Puketi Forest. The Northern rata tree can grow up to 30 metres tall with a massive trunk of up to 2 metres or more in diameter. Northern rata requires plenty of light and it usually begins life as an epiphyte (a perching plant), high in the canopy of a suitable host tree. However it can also grow from the ground. If established as an epiphyte, the trunk is not a true stem but is comprised of a number of fused roots. The epiphyte sends down roots which grow a supporting [...]

14 09, 2018

Large forest birds.

By |2019-02-26T20:06:00+00:00September 14th, 2018|Birds, Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, News, Plants|0 Comments

The kaka (nestor meridionaus) is the noisy and sociable bird of the forest. They live mostly on New Zealand's off shore Islands and their numbers are low. Their call resembles a creaky door, they can live up to 20 years. Two species are found  one in the North and one in the South Island. North island kaka has olive-brown plumage, the South Island kaka has brighter green and crimson plumage and almost white crown.They eat nectar, fruit, berries, sap, seeds, insects and grubs. They breed in September, laying an average of four white eggs in a hollow tree or branch. They [...]

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