Kauri trees are among the most ancient in the world. They can live for over 2,000 years, grow to over 50m tall and have trunk girths up to 16m.
The kauri is taonga to Maori and European alike. The tree has spiritual significance both for its form and function. Maori regard it as a rangatira (chiefly) species because of its ecosystem-supporting role. Many other species depend on it.
Kauri are under threat
Only a tiny percentage of kauri forest remains in New Zealand due to extensive logging for many decades.
Kauri is now also under threat of kauri dieback disease (phytophthora agathidicida). This disease is a relatively new threat, but we can help reduce its spread by following the signs when visiting kauri forests.
For updated maps of track closures and kauri protection areas, see Waitākere Ranges Regional Park - Kauri Dieback Management.