Mokaihaha Ecological Area, a forest living on a volcanic pumice plateau. See the Kaka (parrot) in its native habitat.

Mokaihaha Ecological Area

Follow State Highway 5 from Rotorua, follow the signs to Mamaku, and you are close to an ecological and historical gem, the Mokaihaha Ecological Area.

Rich in Maori history, this area has high conservation and scientific value. Birdlife reigns supreme in this natural wonderland with the symphony including such starlets as the Tui, Kereru, Fantail, Bellbird and the beautiful voice of the endangered Kokako.

The Mokaihaha Ecological Area was once a main trail between the Waikato and Rotorua for Maori, and today has the largest remaining block of extensive native forest that once graced the entire Mamaku Plateau. Remarkably, the Mamaku Plateau lacks natural running water as it is coated with pumice, a relic from the plateau’s volcanic beginning. The forest floor is thick with lush green ferns and walkers and trampers are entertained by the antics of the Kaka, one of two remaining New Zealand native parrots.

The walking track is a great opportunity to appreciate the once vast and verdant forests that were prevalent in the Rotorua region.





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