About Maungataniwha Pine Forest
This 6,294 hectare forest abutting the southern boundary of the Maungataniwha Native Forest was purchased by Simon Hall in 2006.
4,015 hectares of this property is planted with Pinus radiata trees which Matariki Forests holds a Forest Right Agreement over. This agreement and the associated harvest plan extends to 2018, and forms part of our strategy to convert this area back into regenerating native forest.
A further 1,750 hectares remains covered by native flora, unlogged due to difficult topography. It’s centred on an extensive area of papa-bluffs, extending over several kilometres parallel with the Te Hoe River, referred
The discovery of all three species of Beech-hosted mistletoe within the native forest sector of this forest has added to its significance. Combined with the profusion of mistletoe in the nearby Hampton’s Forest, the existence of these plants here gives weight to the idea that this area is a significant refuge for mistletoe in the northern Hawke’s Bay region.
The Maungataniwha Pine Forest has not been surveyed for rare native species and an unknown species of land snail is rumoured to exist here. North Island Brown Kiwi have been recorded, along with Whio, Kaka, Kereru and Kakariki. Other more common species of forest birds are also known to be present, as are native bats, and it’s the site of our bird translocation programme.
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