Rob's Photography New Zealand
Image No. Bushy-3: Giant Northern Rata (2 images)
Giant Northern Rata at Bushy Park, near Wanganui, New Zealand, known as "Ratanui"
(Big Rata). A sign near the tree says that it has a height of 43.1 metres,
diameter of 3.77 metres and girth of 11.86 metres. The exact age of this
tree is unknown, but it is certainly several hundred years old.
Its spectacular flowers of dark crimson, display a blaze of colour in the
New Zealand forest from November to January, providing a rich source of food
for tui, korimako (bellbird), hihi (stitchbird) and other nectar eating
It is explained on the site of The
New Zealand Tree Register
that, although "Ratanui" is often
referred to as the largest northern rata in New Zealand, in fact, many
larger trees exist. The tree that is currently recorded as the largest
northern rata in New Zealand is described
Below is a notice at Bushy Park which gives some further information about Northern
Rata (Metrosideros robusta).
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