Story: Ecoregions



Southern rātā (Metrosideros umbellata) dominates the low-growing forest on the Auckland Islands. These are the most southerly forests in New Zealand. Rātā grows on the sheltered sides of the islands in a narrow coastal strip extending to around 50 metres above sea level. As you go higher, this gives way to scrub, tussock grassland, herbfields and tundra.

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Matt McGlone, 'Ecoregions - The southern islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 June 2023)

Story by Matt McGlone, published 24 Sep 2007