Evergreen conifer, endemic to New Zealand.
The biggest trees in New Zealand forests, though not the tallest. They evolved massive trunks, without lower branches.
This species is unique to the upper North Island.
Because of their presence, kauri are regarded by Māori as rākau rangitira, or chiefly trees. Kauri timber is highly valued for boatbuilding and furniture-making. Gum that seeps from the tree trunks was used as an ingredient in making varnish. Excessive weeping of gum shows an unhealthy tree.
The trees are are threatened by kauri dieback disease, a soil-borne pathogen which causes tree death.
You can help stop the disease spreading by cleaning your shoes before and after being near kauri trees.