As an ecology based company Forento New Zealand Ltd. is highly dependent on New Zealand’s unique and natural environment in order to provide a quality experience for international visitors. To maintain environmental stability, it is paramount that we minimise any influence that our operations may have on areas we visit and on New Zealand as a whole. To achieve minimum environmental disturbance we operate with small groups. This enables us to maximise our clients understanding and appreciation of New Zealand’s unique evolution, environmental and conservation issues, in context with past and current cultural values.
As part of our quality-operating standards we have developed an Environmental Plan to be embraced by our employees, contractors and clients. This Environmental Plan is in keeping with Department of Conservation Concessionaire protocols, relevant legislation and requirements of other interested parties. Our Environmental Plan is available to all stakeholders including the general public and is open for comment outside the company’s annual review process.
We specialise in:
Customised and personalised ecotours for between 2 - 11 people, led by highly qualified naturalists.
Flexible and relaxing ecotour itineraries that enable you to pursue your own interests.
Exclusive ecotours for bird watching and botanising.
New Zealand wide ecotours tailored to your budget, and for when you wish to visit New Zealand.
Providing talks and field trips for international ecotour groups.
An understanding of Maori environmental values, and their traditional uses of plants
We invite you to browse through our web site for we have a wide range of information on our ecotours and New Zealand's plants and wildlife.
Forento New Zealand Ltd.
New Zealand Company No. HN/956121
Licenced Ecotour Operator with the New Zealand Department of Conservation
Biodiversity in New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most fascinating places on the world when it comes to nature, wildlife and everything that has to do with plants, sea and animals. It is a large island nation located in the southwest Pacific Ocean and is considered to be the first formation that separated from the prehistoric supercontinent Pangaea as a part of the Australian continent. That are not just scientific facts, they are the answer to the question why there are so many animal species found only on the Australian continent and New Zealand. They were separated early from the supercontinent and many species did not have the chance to cross on that territory. You will see that many animal families have noting similar to the ones living on other continents, because they developed separately.
Only 7% of the surface of New Zealand is above the water surface today, but despite that, the biodiversity of plants, fungus and animals is huge and there are some quite interesting and beautiful species to be seen here. Let's talk about plants first. New Zealand has to thank its climate, geology and history, for the great vegetation diversity they have today. You may know New Zealand for its green grasslands, but much more interesting are the forests you can find there. They are mostly dominated by podocarps and southern beech trees and in both of them you can sit down and enjoy a few moments on the internet or on live sex cams, but you won't for sure feel the need for that!
Both of them are quite interesting, but a little more beautiful and somehow more powerful looking are the podocarp ones, the reason for that is their size and shape. The specific tree species we are talking about is the kauri tree, on Latin Agathis australis, that can only be found on the north districts of the North Island in New Zealand. They are known as the largest trees, by volume, in New Zealand with a diameter of more than 4 meters and a height of more than 55 meters. The forests made of these trees seem old, if not ancient, although the trees are never older than 2000 years and the most of them is about 1000 years old, but there are not many of those, because of their height they are often hit by lighting or are an interest for tree thieves.
The world of beauty and uniqueness
New Zealand's faunal diversity is even more interesting than the floral is, because of the interesting facts and species that develop faster and in many different directions, unlike floral ones that often stay unchanged for hundreds of millions of years. If you are a big reptile fan you will find here some quite interesting and endemic species like skinks, geckos, and the tuatara which is a living fossil. The Tuatara is actually the only surviving species in the order Sphenodontia and as such it is an important part and unique component of New Zealand's biodiversity.
The animals that are the symbol of peace, freedom and joy are not hard to be found in this beautiful part of the world, those are birds of course. Almost 60% of all of the bird species on New Zealand are endemic, such as the well known kiwi, tui, bellbird and moa, which is now unfortunately an extinct species. You see that New Zealand is much more than only green lands and beautiful sea, although that is also something special and worth visiting. The wildlife, animals and the floral diversity are quite impressive here and will make you want to go deeper and explore more and more.