Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel
This maunga/mountain is 22 km north of Kaukapakapa, in Northland. It is an important place for Ngāti Whātua and, at 305 metres above sea level, is the highest peak in the district. This is an interesting landmark that I've driven past far too many times. Well worth the stop, it is a nice example of northern NZ rainforest that is dominated by huge pūriri (Vitex lucens) and beautiful taraire (Beilschmiedia tarairi).
This wonderful pest-free reserve once again provided some exciting epiphyte finds. The flowering kohurangi (Brachyglottis kirkii var. kirkii) were a highlight with their bright white displays brightening up the dark lava around them. We also found the whisk fern (Psilotum nudum) and lovely little taupeka (Notogrammitis heterophylla).