People & Partnerships

Natural Habitats

Plant Choice

230,000 plants including Alectryon excelsa, Astelia grandis, Aristotelia serrata, Baumea arthrophylla, Baumea articulata, Blechnum novae-zealandiae, Bolboschoenus fluvilatilis, Brachyglottis repanda, Carex geminata, Carex lessoniana, Carex virgata, Carpodetus serratus, Chionochloa flavicans, Coprosma areolata, Coprosma repens, Coprosma robusta, Cordyline australis, Corynocarpus laevigatus, Cortaderia fulvida, Cupressus leylandii, Cyperus ustulatis, Dacrycarpus dacrydioides, Dacrydium cupressinum, Dicksonia squarrosoa, Eleocharis sphacelata, Hebe stricta, Hoheria populnea, Juncus pallidus, Kunzea ericoides, Laurelia nouvae-zealandiae, Leptospermum scoparium, Melicytus ramiflorus, Myrsine australis, Parsonsia hetrophylla, Phormium cookianum, Phormium tenax, Pittosporum crassifolium, Pittosporum eugenioidies, Pittosporum tenuifolium, Podocarpus totara, Prumnopitys taxifolia, Pseudopanax arboreus, Pseudopanax crassifolium, Pseudopanax lessonii, Quercus Robar, Schefflera digitata, Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Sophora microphyla, Sophora tetraptera, Syzygium maire, Typha orientalis, and Vitex lucens.


The Ngaruawahaia bypass is the latest significant project Kauri Park has been involved with. The main contractor  was Fletcher’s. The Ngaruawahaia bypass, much like the Te Rapa bypass, possesses a harsh environment with a poor quality Waikato pea metal sand soil type. The landscape design was largely native species but contained  a wide variety of species. There is a mixture of embankment plantings, swale gardens and storm water catchment ponds.

Natural Habitats chose to work with Kauri Park for this project because of an excellent working relationship which has been going on since the early 1990’s on many projects in the civil landscape sector. Natural Habitats are enjoying the working relationship and they rely on the professionalism that the Kauri Park brings from on time deliveries, correct species and correct quality.

Since 2011 the contractors are benefitting from  Kauri Parks ecotray system which is bringing labour savings of up to 20% for planting teams. The eco trays are 100% recycled plastic.

Planet & Eco-Leadership

Ngaruawahaia had a major emphasis on the use of ecologically sourced seed material. Kauri Park had identified many good local seed sources having collected seed for the Te Rapa bypass the previous year. While the contractors were different for the Ngaruawahaia bypass, the consultants were the same as those who designed the Te Rapa bypass and had full confidence in Kauri Park as the suppliers of quality eco sourced plants.

An area of particular importance has been the selection of plants designed to improve the quality of water runoff draining into Lake Areare.

Shared Success

The Ngarawahia bypass was planted in year 2013 so it is still early days. The indications are that the plantings will be a total success.

This project had ecological areas of significance to the local iwi including Lake Areare and the New Zealand long tailed bat roost in Simpsons Gully. The long tailed bats currently roost in a stand of tall Eucalyptus trees in Simpsons Gully. Plantings of New Zealand natives such as Kaihikatea, Matai, and Totara will in time, replace the Eucalyptus for the bats to roost in.