Kauri Te Whakaruruhau
Great Protector of the Forest
Kauri are a keystone species that dominate the warm temperate northern forests of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Māori refer to kauri as Te Whakaruruhau – the great protector of the forest, as they are known to shelter surrounding species.
Mature kauri emerge above the canopy of large trees such as totara, tanekaha, miro, tawa and rimu, while epiphytic plants and orchids are nourished in branches and unique kauri grasses are sheltered on the forest floor beneath.
Kauri are one of the largest and longest-lived trees in the world reaching heights of over 50 meters and girths of over 13 meters and living for well over 1000 years.