Behold the ‘goblin forest’

Moss-encrusted kamahi trees dominate the Kamahi Loop Track on the lush eastern flanks of Taranaki, where rainfall totals more than two metres a year.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

This abundance of water—the result of warm, moist air from the Tasman striking the mounga—feeds more the 50 rivers and streams that radiate out from the peak in a huge ring plain of avalanche, lahar and tephra deposits.

There is active predator control inside the park and an aim to bring possums, rodents, hares and mustelids down to low densities, protecting birdlife, invertebrates and the forest itself.

Episodes From This Location

Cod kingdom

1 minute / 2019

Science on the reef

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Taking the bar

1 minute / 2019

Tending the flock

1 minute / 2019

A bird in the hand

1 minute / 2019

Season opening

1 minute / 2019

Fishing for conservation

1 minute / 2019

Network tech

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Deadwood

1 minute / 2019

Whitewater life

1 minute / 2019

Behold the ‘goblin forest’

1 minute / 2019

Te Mounga

1 minute / 2019