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Native Flora and Fauna

New Zealand has an abundance of unique flora and fauna. This page contains a glimpse of what the country has to offer.

pohutukawa The pohutukawa tree with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad.

penguin The yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho is a penguin native to New Zealand. The species breeds around the South Island of New Zealand, as well as Stewart Island, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Islands.

silver-fern Silver fern, or ponga (from Māori kaponga or ponga), is a species of medium-sized tree fern, endemic to New Zealand. It is a symbol commonly associated with the country both overseas and by New Zealanders themselves.

kiwi Kiwis are flightless birds native to New Zealand. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world.

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