Nevertheless there are pockets of remnant woodland and forest, and some magnificent ancient Pohutukawa trees can be found clinging to a narrow strip of land along the edge of the roadway that leads up past Fantail Bay to the northern tip of the peninsula.
Whilst I had seen big old Pohutukawa in other places I was not prepared for the scale and age of some of the trees you meet on this unsealed road.
The body language of many of them reveal their age class and reflect the very same aging processes to be seen in Ancient trees in other parts of the world.
|Lowest limbs touching the ground have layered themselves|
|Classic fallen stem regenerating as a 'harp tree'|
|Coastal fringe of Pohutukawa near Fantail Bay|
At the Dept of Conservation camp at Stony Bay there was a small line of very impressive veterans.
I did shoot a short wind blown video of one of the oldest and largest Pohutukawa on the road from Fantail Bay..Apologies for the sound quality the wind was really blowing hard, but it was worth it for such a fabulous specimen.