NZ has the most ancient forest

Kauri forest has evolved very little since the end of the Jurassic Period, around 190–135 million years ago.

Kauri is a native New Zealand tree that grows in the warm, northern part of the country – Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula and Northland. It is one of the largest and longest-living trees in the world. Kauri can live for 2,000 years or more, and there is evidence they can grow over 7 metres in diameter! The trunk is greyish, with a pattern caused by the bark falling off in flakes.

Today, kauri forest is protected and new trees are being planted.


Tāne Mahuta is the largest kauri tree alive today. You can find it in the Waipoua Kauri Forest .

This young female kauri cone will darken as she matures. When ripe her scales will drop off releasing winged seeds that will fly in the breeze.