The Kiwi Christmas Tree – New Zealand’s Pohutukawa

In New Zealand, residents have taken advantage of the early summer weather by adopting a particularly festive local tree (Pohutukawa) as the symbol for Christmas on the island.

Christmas trees are a staple feature in many homes around the end of the year, along with stockings, wood fires, and hot cocoa. All of these are fitting for a visit from the frigid North Pole, but in the southern hemisphere the weather is more appropriate for barbecues on the beach. In New Zealand, residents have taken advantage of the early summer weather by adopting a particularly festive local tree (Pohutukawa) as the symbol for Christmas on the island. Continue reading “The Kiwi Christmas Tree – New Zealand’s Pohutukawa”

The Lord of the Forest – Tane Mahuta

Due to its remote location, New Zealand was one of the last places where humans set foot, allowing it to develop a rich and distinct biodiversity. In the Northland region of the main island, an ancient kauri forest is home to the oldest examples of the native species.

Even before becoming the home of the Lord of the Rings, New Zealand was known around the world as a natural paradise. Due to its remote location, it was one of the last places where humans set foot, allowing it to develop a rich and distinct biodiversity. In the Northland region of the main island, an ancient kauri forest is home to the oldest examples of the native species. Read full story