A pair of giraffe weevils hanging out on a mossy karaka branch © Chrissie Painting

Situated in the hills behind Bethell’s beach, this forest and wetland sanctuary is Forest & Bird’s second-largest reserve occupying a total of 120 hectares. The larger part of the reserve is native forest which is best described as coastally influenced lowland broadleaf and kanuka forest, with emergent tanekaha and kauri on ridges. Dense with fruiting & flowering species such as puriri, karaka, nikau, rewarewa, kowhai, pigeonwood and mahoe, the forest is a good food source for the thriving tui & kereru populations. Over 260 vascular plant species have been recorded in the forest, including perching lilies and orchids and a luxuriant carpet of ferns & sedges covering the forest floor, as well as 100 other species.