Local Flora & Fauna
Much of the inland area of the Paparoa Forest is covered in luxuriant lowland rain forest. Giant trees like the Northern Rata, Rimu and Miro tower above a dense jungle of broad leaf trees such as the iconic Nikau Palm, tree ferns and vines like the tangled Supplejack which give the forest a very subtropical feel.
Those that appreciate bird life will be greatly entertained by the friendly Fantails, Robins, Tui, Bellbirds and Kerukeru (the New Zealand Wood Pigeon). If you come across what you think looks like a Kiwi (but with a smaller beak), its a Weka. These birds are very curious and can be quite cheeky - they will pop out of the bushes daily at Flax Haven, co-incidentally at either breakfast, lunch or dinner time!
The great spotted kiwi is also present in the region but is nocturnal and secretive so is rarely seen.
If you decide to take a walk in to the Paparoa Forest, and want to attract the bird life, we suggest taking a piece of polystyrene and small piece of glass with you - rub these together and the fantails in particular become very inquisitive around you!
West Coast Temperatures
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