In summer, rātā flower in an explosion of scarlet on the shores of Whanganui Inlet. This coastal forest is very diverse and includes rātā, kahikatea, pukatea, beech, rimu and nīkau. Whanganui Inlet is one of the largest and least modified estuaries in the country – it is a drowned river valley, about 13 kilometres long and 2–3 kilometres wide. The inlet’s entrance to the sea is 19 kilometres south-west of Farewell Spit on the west coast.
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