Story: Wairarapa region

Vegetation map

In 1840, only south Wairarapa had extensive grassland. Most of the region was covered in native forest, which was cleared for pastoralism from the mid-19th century. By the mid-20th century, forest was largely confined to mountainous areas.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 1 Mar 2017