The Insider's Guide to New Zealand

Kauri dieback

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While many of these giants have stood for centuries, they're currently at risk thanks to kauri dieback, caused by a microscopi­c fungus-like organism called Phytophtho­ra agathidici­da (PA). PA lives in the soil and infects the tree's roots, damaging the tissues that carry nutrients and water, effectivel­y starving it to death.

Kauri dieback has caused the temporary closure of many walking and hiking tracks, and the installati­on of cleaning stations at the beginning of many paths, including Tāne Mahuta and Trounson Kauri Park. Visitors must follow the guidelines to protect the forests and stop the spread of dieback.

Follow all signage and guidelines when entering bush walks, and do not enter tracks closed to the public. Use wash stations where possible (even if shoes are sparkling clean) and stick to the tracks and boardwalks. kauridieba­ck.co.nz

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