In New Zealand many species are endemic (they are only found here in New Zealand). Some of these species, like kiwi and silver ferns, are iconic of New Zealand. There are numerous others like kauri, kākāpō and kākāriki (parakeet) that are well known, but many, like kākahi (freshwater mussels) and pepeketua (NZ frogs) are unknown to many New Zealanders.
In the Wellington region we are lucky to have parks and areas where we can see our native plants and animals in the wild. We have kākā and tūī flying around, and beautiful forests and coastlines are never far away.
Critically endangered species like Gardner’s tree daisy and pekapeka (the short tailed bat, New Zealand’s only type of indigenous land mammal) can also be found here.
There are at least 45 distinct ecosystem types in the Wellington region. These include various types of forest, sandy beaches and dune systems, rocky beaches, wetlands, alpine tussock lands, estuaries and many more. For more information on New Zealand’s biodiversity you can visit