Before Māori arrived in New Zealand, more than 80% of the country was covered in forest, including the drier eastern regions of both islands. The main non-forested area is the South Island high country.
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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed., Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 8