Plant exploration

Aotearoa New Zealand is home to a number of native plants. They are important to our ecosystem – they’re the main source of oxygen, provide shelter and kai to animals, and filter water to keep our rivers clean. Explore the plants in your backyard or local community using our template, and read our Factsheets to find out more about our native plants.

Download our plant exploration template (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Download the Factsheets in English:

Download the Factsheets in te reo Māori:

The bright-yellow kowhai is our unofficial national flower. We’ve put it in paintings, and on stamps and coins. Birds love them too!

The bright-yellow kowhai is our unofficial national flower. We’ve put it in paintings, and on stamps and coins. Birds love them too!