Story: Wetlands

Swamp forest, Lake Wahapo

Swamp forest, Lake Wahapo

Dense kahikatea forest edged with flax surrounds Lake Wahopo in Westland. Such forests were once abundant on the West Coast, but were felled for their valuable timber. Kahikatea grows on fertile soils, and cleared areas were quickly turned into productive dairy farms.

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Photograph by Philippe Gerbeaux

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Peter Johnson, 'Wetlands - Wetland forests and shrubs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14340/swamp-forest-lake-wahapo (accessed 8 July 2020)

Story by Peter Johnson, published 24 Sep 2007