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POHOKURA 

Pohokura comprises 11,348 hectares of native forest north of the Napier-Taupo highway in the Central North Island. The area is predominantly covered in Red Beech forest but fourteen vegetation types have been identified.

We have established good back-country infrastructure here, necessary for continued project work.

This includes 120km of walking track, eight huts and other accommodation, vehicles, equipment and communications.

In 2009, members of a hunting party found a piece of obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass, near the 1,383 metre high-point at Pohokura. It had a distinctive flake pattern along two of its edges, indicating that it had been used as a source for cutting implements.

This provides some evidence of historic Maori presence in the area. One possible explanation for this would be the presence of ground-nesting seabirds, which would have provided an abundant food source for tangata whenua.