Sunday, 23 July 2017


The Fiordland national park forest in the Kepler Mountains, is close to Te Anau in New Zealand's South Island. This wild forest includes ancient podocarp trees. Podocarp trees have been around since the time of Gondwana Land, before continents separated. This includes the giant Rimu tree, which grows to up to 50 metres.

You can literally walk into this forest (on the Kepler Great Walk track) from Te Anau town, or catch a Tracknet bus. Manapouri borders equally impressive Fiordland national park forest, including the giant fuchsia trees, the largest fuchsia in the world, in the remote Back Valley. Also look out for beautiful manuka groves (of honey fame) and a great selection of ferns.

These forests are also home to an amazing array of mosses and lichens, growing on the ground in big soft beds, or covering trees. These diversely-coloured and shaped mosses and lichens are a great indication of the cleanliness of Fiordland's air.

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  1. A great kind of forest!
    Have a good new week

  2. Wow, now that is somewhere I would like to explore

    Thank you for linking up

  3. Now that definitely looks wild


  4. I do love walking through bush and seeing the awesome things that live there. The trees and bushes always make me stop and inspect them :)

  5. this is wonderfully green and calming. i love a beautiful forest/woodland scene.