Queenstown Fauna by tyndale

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									Queenstown Fauna

Kea
Famous for being the only alpine parrot world wide this cheeky bird soon makes itself know to
skiers and trampers by being playful but careful at the same time. Many stories about these
birds antics have been told from when people have lost the rubber lining from their car
windows and have had serious amounts of damage done to their vehicles.

It can be found in the wild but is most easily seen in the Kiwi & Birdlife Park in Queenstown.

Black stilt or Kaki
This is another extremely rare bird with its numbers only in the 150 mark world wide. It is the
world’s rarest wading bird but with careful breeding programs the numbers are increasing with
the latest 22 new hatchlings at the Kiwi & Birdlife Park in Queenstown.

Rainbow Trout
Here the Trout are fished for for Game Fishing. They are very common in all South Island
lakes, rivers and streams and of course the thermal lakes of Rotorua.

Salmon
Migrating to the head waters in early Autumn the Salmon is also a fish well known for its
Game Fishing possibilities.

Three different species can be found in the rivers and lakes and the only way to tell the
difference is in the fins and the colour inside the mouth.
Queenstown Flora

Radiata Pine
With an excess of 65,000 acres of Radiata Pine Forests the saleable wood per acre can measure
up to 500 tons.

But in some areas the Pine Tree has spread into areas inaccessible for machinery and workers
so it has been left growing wild.

Lavender
The lavender is Central Otago thrives in the hot dry summers of NZ.

They provide a very high quality lavender oil that is called Grosso and is well known for its
relaxing sweet smell.

Southern Rata
Smaller than its counter part the Northern Rata this tree grown in quantity in South Island
Forests.

The flowers that bloom in the mid summer give the tree a red coat when seen from a distance.

Other uses for the this tree was for its sap to be used to staunch bleeding.

Weeping Willow
These trees have been grown in excellent locations in the Queenstown area. Known for their
long slender branches that droop down from the top.
Rotorua Flora

Redwood Pine
The Redwood Pine was first introduced so see which type of pine would thrive and grow the
best in NZ but it was soon found out that Radiata Pine was the best but they Redwoods stayed
around anyway in various locations.

The tree is the most common in Redwood Forest in Rotorua but there are also found on Leisure
Mountain with the luge track running right through the middle.

Silver Fern
Grows nearly anywhere in New Zealand where moist and sheltered conditions are common.

This is a popular piece of NZ’s fauna because the Silver Fern helps support all of New
Zealand’s major sporting teams. Being a national icon it is used on many labels of clothing,
toys, and other souvenirs.

Mauna Tree
The Mauna Tree is New Zealand’s native Ti Tree and is found throughout the North and South
Islands.

A product that derives from this tree is Mauna Oil, which is famous for its anti-bacterial and
anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used in Spa treatments.

Grapes
Most grapes grown at vine yards are Merlot type grapes and are used for making wine.

Vineyards are a great place to go for people who have a taste for the wine and like to sample as
many different types and blends as possible. This form of tourism is a very successful part as
many wine tours are organised, many with added features such as cheese and crackers.
Rotorua Fauna

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout are not only prized for their size and taste but for how common they are in all
the lakes, rivers and streams in and around Rotorua. Many are able to be fed at different
locations.

The only way you are allowed to catch these fish is by having a permit and a fly fishing rod.

Tuatara
Found in Rainbow Springs the Tuatara is a real life dinosaur, which can live from 80-100 years
old.

This is one of New Zealand’s most precious and most protected species as it is highly
endangered and only found in the wild on off shore islands.

Pukeko
This is a rather common bird to the area seen around lakes, swamps and road side.

It is easily spotted thanks to its brilliant indigo blue colour, orange-red legs and bill with a
white under tail.

Kiwi
Also a very rare and endangered animal in NZ the Kiwi is famous as New Zealand’s national
icon and the nations nickname.

Located in Rainbow Springs the Kiwi is most easily seen there as naturally as possible but they
are very rare and hard to find in the wild. They are a flightless nocturnal bird.
QUEENSTOWN
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 ROTORUA
 FLORA AND FAUNA

								
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