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New Zealand Bush in Taranaki

Updated on October 13, 2016
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Elsie is a kiwi living in New Zealand, enjoys sharing articles of her country. Land of the long white cloud. First country to see a new day.

Narrow Ridge Track In Bush

Walk In New Zealand Bush.

We go for walks in the high country bush quite often, a great way to relax and enjoy nature.The photo above is what the ranges high up in the hills in East Taranaki New Zealand, where I love to take a walk and enjoy the peace that nature offers us.

The Taranaki region lies on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand with a land area of 723,610 hectares (3% of New Zealand's area), Taranaki hill country to the east is steeply dissected and prone to soil erosion, heavy rains running down the gullies, causing a lot of damage. Much of Taranaki has been developed for agriculture, particularly pastoral farming.Over 60% of the region is in grassland or crops, and nearly 40% of the land area is in indigenous or exotic forest cover, as you can see from the photos on this page.

New Zealand is a land of beauty, once's seen never forgotten.

New Zealand native bird sounds

About the above video

This clip was taken at the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary in Wellington NZ. The sounds aren't actually made by "live" birds but are recordings of birds that you can play by pressing a button. It does, however, give a reflection of what a walk in the NZ bush must have sounded like the day before humans reached the shores of Aotearoa, actually this is for real because this is what it sounds like when we go for a walk in East Taranaki Bush - our farm.

New Zealand is a Land of Beauty - Lots of wild-life, especially birds.

Wanting to know more about New Zealand, books are a way you can enjoy it, they will give you lots of information about the country you are interested in, the touristy places around the three islands, (let's not forget Stewart Island at the bottom of the South Island), some about the off-the-beaten-tracks, wonder spots were most tourist don't go, there so much offering in the land of beauty, so if you are thinking of a holiday in New Zealand a book about the subject will be most helpful.

Slipped Ridge Scenery - Interesting walk.

Slipped ridge scenery. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Slipped ridge scenery. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Bush walks is something most people enjoy, there are plenty of them around New Zealand, some of them a day's trip. other take your tramping gear and camp and enjoy nature all around you.Some of these walks are a bit slippery like the photo here, but you don't have to walk along here, just stop and take a photo, and move on, great memories for you to remember years later.

How erosion starts. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.
How erosion starts. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.

How Erosion Starts

Because of their initial fertility, farmers were wrongly led to believe that steep hill country could be farmed sustainably.

Driven by false expectations and often by poverty and the need to survive, farmers turned steep forests into pasture.

Half a century later, these soils started eroding badly, requiring them to be reforested as a last resort.

For more information.

This is what happens, it slips down a valley. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.
This is what happens, it slips down a valley. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.

This Is What Happens

With the above statement from it is not all true as you can see from this photo, it is still all in bush.

When water enters the soil on a slope, usually down cracks after a dry period, it scours out the subsoil to form a tunnel.

The soil often later collapses inwards, and an open gully forms.

In 1997 the Ministry for the Environment noted that:

50% of the country was affected by moderate to slight erosion

10% had severe to extreme erosion (eastern North Island, parts of Taranaki, and the South Island high country)

only 31% of the total area could sustain pastoral farming without significant control of erosion

a further 28% could support restricted livestock grazing combined with erosion control.

It stated that the erosion of agricultural soils in the North Island hill country and South Island high country was of major concern.

For more information.

Erosions In Gullies

Erosions in gullies. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.
Erosions in gullies. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.

Water run-off or gravity carry soil to lowland or stream sites.

This occurs when running water gouges shallow channels or deep gullies into the soil.

Rimu Tree Standing Proud

Tree Standing Proud. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.
Tree Standing Proud. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.

Rimu Tree

Just couldn't resist taking this photo, the beauty of nature.

This Rimu tree above is 60 to 70 meters high, it has weathered many storms, but still standing and doing it's best to continue growing.

Moving house in New Zealand Bush

About the above video When driving a back country road in New Zealand you don't expect to see a house coming towards you, obviously bigger than the road, so you stop and watch and hold your breath but all is good it got to its new site all intact.

This is what it is like on the roads, one way road, not nice either with a Stock truck is coming around a blind corner and you have nowhere to go.

We don't travel at 100km's an hour on these roads about 70 Km's is safe, but be ready to stop for anything, it maybe a big bull in the middle of the road and it won't move so you can get passed it.

Yes it's not all fun living in the high country and coping with narrow roads and slips.

Looking Through The Ridges Scenery

Looking Through The Ridges Scenery. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.
Looking Through The Ridges Scenery. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.

The bushland is so beautiful, that you can lose a whole day just walking and admiring what nature has left us to love and cherish.

Did You Know?

Scientists estimate the loss of soil in New Zealand, through erosion and transport by rivers to the sea at 400 million ton per year.

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      aesta1: Looking forward to seeing you in NZ, you will love it as I do, I enjoy the bush walks you never know what you will see.

      You take beautiful photos, your vast knowledge of the world is very exciting, I always enjoy reading your articles, I wonder what you would write about? Interested.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love to visit NZ again. It has been a long time and this is one place I would like to explore.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      peachpurple: Glad you enjoyed your walk with me around some very high country in New Zealand where I live.

      Not all our land is like that we have got pasture where we graze nearly 150 cattle, all the land runs on both sides of the Urenui River in Taranaki, not easy farming especially when we have very wet weather as we can't always get across the river to feed stock as the water is flowing over the bridge, have to wait for the water level to go down, sometimes a couple of days.

      Never mind keeps me young and active.

      Have a happy day.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, these pictures are beautiful, grand day outing for a walk

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, hiking is a great way to keep fit and see the world from points that most people will never see, but care is needed we lost a british tourist at christmas time that had been tramping down the south island in NZ.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I hike in the hills near my home here in California, although I'd sure like to try it in New Zealand someday!

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Amazing scenes! ^_^

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @VictoriaKelley: Nice to have you visit and comment about my little part of the world in New Zealand.

      Have a great day.

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      VictoriaKelley 5 years ago

      Beautiful photography. Thank you for sharing

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous. I feel like I am walking in the Taranaki bush alongside you.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Thanks for your great photos! Someday maybe I'll make it to New Zealand. I go for mountain walks where I live in Colorado - no palm trees here. I have several lenses on Colorful Colorado. I enjoyed learning about and seeing your country.

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      Leilani-m 6 years ago

      Great lens! It's a shame how people can have devastating effect on the nature

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Your wonderful photos capture the natural beauty of the land, and the destructive influence of man. Hoepfully, the reforestation efforts will control the erosion and restore the land.

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Wow, it is amazing to watch erosion as it progresses!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      You have featured a lovely part of the world and I am putting it on Save Planet Earth

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Wait I'm just putting my backpack on!

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      This place is just beautiful, so peaceful! and great pictures by the way! Excellent, Blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a lesson to be learned! Your photos are an excellent documentations of the development of erosion over the years, we learn slow but we do learn. Reforestation is the answer but it will take years for recovery. I love going for walks in the woods and grew up with woods all around me. Very nicely done!

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      wiedruce 6 years ago

      I love to take photos of beautiful scenery...NZ is a very beautiful country.. but erosion , of course we can't avoid's nature disaster.

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      Yes, I love to go for walks and try always to bring my camera with me. Thanks for your lens, very well done!

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Looks like erosion, is a serious problem there. Other than the erosion, it looks like a beautiful area.

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      LyricalVenus 6 years ago

      I do love taking photos while I'm on walks. Thanks for this educational lens!

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      awesome photos here..Newzealand is so beautiful in my own imagination and from what I`ve seen on pictures, I would love to visit some day though..

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I don't live in the Bush...although a lot of the photos you have on here look like the forest here in SW Washington state (sans the tropical looking plants) and I always enjoy my treks.

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      The photography is incredible. Well done! I love going for long walks and exploring!

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      The vegetation pics are amazing. Looking at all of these different hiking pics reminds me of Heifer International, for some reason. Really interesting. Loved it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, walking and hiking is such wonderful exercise. Being out in nature is relaxing and always gives me new perspectives on life!