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New Zealand Beaches with the stunning NZ Christmas Tree in Full Bloom - The Pohutukawa Tree.

New Zealand Beaches with the stunning NZ Christmas Tree in Full Bloom - The Pohutukawa Tree.

NZ native Kowhai - which flower in early springtime, and tuis love feeding from these flowers.

NZ native Kowhai - which flower in early springtime, and tuis love feeding from these flowers.

Nikau palm, the only palm endemic to New Zealand, with it's 'fruit salad' (the fruit changes colours).

Nikau palm, the only palm endemic to New Zealand, with it's 'fruit salad' (the fruit changes colours).

View from the 'Bridge to Nowhere' in the Upper Whanganui area, overlooking tree ferns, NZ

View from the 'Bridge to Nowhere' in the Upper Whanganui area, overlooking tree ferns, NZ

New Zealand. Kahikatea forests are called Dinosaur Forests since they are basically unchanged since Jurassic times. The tree holds the WORLD record for the diversity of climbing and perching plants which live on a single tree - 28 ! James Cook said of it "The finest timber my eyes ever beheld".

New Zealand. Kahikatea forests are called Dinosaur Forests since they are basically unchanged since Jurassic times. The tree holds the WORLD record for the diversity of climbing and perching plants which live on a single tree - 28 ! James Cook said of it "The finest timber my eyes ever beheld".

The cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) is one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape, especially on farms.

The cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) is one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape, especially on farms.

Kawakawa is an easily recognized shrub, with aromatic, heart-shaped leaves, that grows widely in coastal lowlands, as far south as Christchurch. It’s a lovely garden plant in areas that are free of hard frosts.

Kawakawa is an easily recognized shrub, with aromatic, heart-shaped leaves, that grows widely in coastal lowlands, as far south as Christchurch. It’s a lovely garden plant in areas that are free of hard frosts.

Moss is everywhere - NZ

Moss is everywhere - NZ