Status and Trends of Biodiversity
New Zealand is a Pacific island country composed of two main islands and many small islands. Its relative isolation from continental landmasses has led to a high level of endemic biodiversity. New Zealand’s animal biodiversity is unique in that it comprises predominantly bird species that evolved with no terrestrial mammals filling the predator niche... More »
Number and Extent of Protected Areas
National Parks (14): 3,104,868 ha. Conservation Parks/Areas: 4,861,262 ha. Reserves: 822,894 ha. Wildlife Areas: 21,093 ha. Protected Private Lands: 97,291 ha. Total: 8,916,646 ha.
Marine Protected Areas under conservation management (32 sites): 1,276,388 ha.
Percentage of Forest Cover
Indigenous forest: 6,483,228 ha; 75.89% of total forest cover; 24.19% of land area. Exotic forest: 2,059,194 ha; 24.1% of total forest cover; 7.68% of land area. Grand Total: 8,542,422 ha; 100% of total forest cover; 31.87% of land area.