Find out more about Taranaki's native plants - our local flora.


This guide offers some links and ideas for your studies on the native plants of Taranaki.
  • Find out about the influence of Mount Taranaki.

  • Have you checked out that spongy plant carpet under the ski field? Take a magnifying glass!

  • Visit our very own Goblin Forest.

  • Our rugged west coast is always changing. What's happening to our coastal plants? Watch where you're treading on the way to the surf.

  • How do our community decisions impact our plants and wildlife?

  • Look at the plants around you - did you know some grow nowhere else in the world?


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This unusual tangle-branched (divaricating) subalpine shrub (Melicytus drucei), is a relative of the commonly known forest tree, mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus). It has been recognized as a botanically unique, rare, and threatened species, and is endemic to Egmont National Park (found nowhere else in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world).


Useful sites


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The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network was established in 2003 with the vision that "no indigenous species of plant will become extinct nor be placed at risk of extinction as a result of human action or indifference, and that the rich, diverse and unique plant life of New Zealand will be recognised, cherished and restored".


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Taranaki Flora The purpose of the site is to provide easily accessible information on the flora and vegetation of the Taranaki region including Egmont National Park, the Taranaki ringplain and inland Taranaki.


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Nature Watch is where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about the natural world.
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Landcare Research's core purpose is to drive innovation in the management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources.

Local Facebook Groups

Get involved in a local conservation group!


Wild for Taranaki
Huatoki Conservation Group
Taranaki Young Conservationists

Reports and Research Papers

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Barrett Domain
Ecological Report
The 2002 Banks Memorial
Lecture: The Flora of
Mount Taranaki

Let us know if you have a site that you would like us to include here.