Family: Araucariaceae   Genus: Aghatis Australis                  

The Wairere Boulder valley has been populated by many majestic Kauri trees.

Picture:  Wairere Boulders by D.L. Mundy (1873) Auckland Museum

Kauri is one of the world's largest trees. Native to Northern New Zealand, it produces an excellent quality of timber and also gum that can be used by industry.

Photo: Piece of Kauri Gum that was one of the biggest exports in the past.
Picture:  Bark of Kauri with formation of gum drip.

The Kauris still standing in the Valley are up to 500 years old.

Picture: Group of young Kauri growing at Wairere Boulders  

Younger Kauri grow longer leaves than older Kauri, due to the darkness close to the forest floor.  The leaves are about 50% to 100% longer than the leaves of the big Kauri.

Kauri leaves which are 1000 % longer than the fully grown Kauri in New Zealand.

The Kauri belongs to the "conifers".

Photo on left: Female cones close to maturity

Kauri are the Icon of the East Coast of Northland

Bigger stands than at Wairere Boulders can be found at the Waipoua Forest, Omahuta Forest, Warawara Forest and Puketi Forest

Waipoua Forest

Between Aranga and Waimamaku, on highway 12, this forest contains three quarters of New Zealand's remaining kauri trees. Within the forest's 2,500 hectares, there are a number of walking and tramping tracks.

Photo: This is Te Matua Ngahere
Father of the Forest

The Kauri logging period of Northland started in the 1860s and reached it's zenith at the turn of the last century. The demand for building timber increased with the level of immigration and the gum trade was encouraged by a rise in prices from 1865. The Kauri trade was instrumental in the development of Auckland but more so for the upper Northern provinces. Gum stores, sawmills, and logging ports became centres of settlement.

This is Tanemahuta,  for details visit Hokianga Tourism

  Wairere Boulders (Nature Park, Horeke, Hokianga Harbour, Northland, New Zealand, NZ)

For more info about kauri trees go to 

Waipoua Forest Trust