Wednesday, June 30, 2010
New Zealand - Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
Mustering sheep by Lake Pukaki with Mount Cook in the background. South island, New Zealand.
Sent by Gary from New Zealand.
Te Wahipounamu comprises the least-disturbed tenth of New Zealand's land mass, with some 2 million hectares of temperate rainforest, 450 km of alpine communities, and a distinctive fauna. It contains the best modern representation of the ancient flora and fauna of Gondwanaland, including Podocarpus species, genera of beech, flightless kiwis, 'bush' moas and carnivorous Powelliphanta land snails.