Tall forest

Totara, ngaio and kowhai are characteristic of the drier slopes, with pate and fuchsia trees found in the damp gullies. From late winter through to early summer fuchsia and kowhai are a source of nectar for bellbird and tui. Rotting logs and leaf litter are habitat for Peripatus, the velvet worm. But the name is misleading, as this strange animal is neither a worm nor a caterpillar.