Pure beech forest covers more than 2.9 million hectares of New Zealand. It is the dominant forest cover on the main mountains of the North Island and much of the western South Island, but is absent near the Manawatū Gorge and in central Westland – areas known as beech gaps. Mixtures of beech and conifer–broadleaf forests cover over 1.4 million hectares. There are also a number of isolated stands of beech.
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Source: Peter Wardle, Vegetation of New Zealand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991