Kahikatea trees, Westland National Park

Classic West Coast scenery. Kahikatea trees intrude in to a lake formed by long-gone glacial ice. The forest-covered hillside in the background is an ancient terminal moraine. The sea lies not far beyond ~5-6km. The rain fall in this region gets up to 8 metres... i.e. its usually wet. Kahikatea love swampy ground and are at home with the flax and toi toi surrounding the lake edge.

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