Story: Whanganui region

Whanganui vegetation

Most of the Whanganui region is now exotic grassland, in marked contrast to 1840, when the only open areas were the coastal strip and the area between Mt Ruapehu and the Ruahine Range. The rest was dense native bush. Most remaining forest is in the middle reaches of the Whanganui River and its tributaries, now mostly within Whanganui National Park.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Vegetation and human impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/19010/whanganui-vegetation (accessed 29 September 2020)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015