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New Zealand bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 26,665
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 12
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 49%
    Protection Target
  • 6
    Protection Level

The New Zealand bioregion, located in the Australasia realm, incorporates the country’s two main islands and several hundred small surrounding islands. It does not include territorial claims in Polynesia or Antarctica. The North Island and the west coast of the South Island are dominated by temperate broadleaf forests. A large mountain range divides the South Island, with mountain grasslands at higher elevations and tussock grasslands at lower elevations on the east side of the island. The bioregion contains 12 ecoregions – Kermadec Islands Subtropical Moist Forests [1], Northland Temperate Kauri Forests [2], New Zealand North Island Temperate Forests [3], Richmond Temperate Forests [4], Nelson Coast Temperate Forests [5], Westland Temperate Forests [6], Fiordland Temperate Forests [7], New Zealand South Island Montane Grasslands [8], Canterbury-Otago Tussock Grasslands [9], New Zealand South Island Temperate Forests [10], Rakiura Island Temperate Forests [11], Chatham Island Temperate Forests [12] – and several large alpine lakes. The total area of this bioregion is nearly 27 million hectares, not including adjacent marine areas.

The New Zealand bioregion is part of the New Zealand subrealm and is made up of 12 ecoregions: Kermadec Islands Subtropical Moist Forests [1], Northland Temperate Kauri Forests [2], New Zealand North Island Temperate Forests [3], Richmond Temperate Forests [4], Nelson Coast Temperate Forests [5], Westland Temperate Forests [6], Fiordland Temperate Forests [7], New Zealand South Island Montane Grasslands [8], Canterbury-Otago Tussock Grasslands [9], New Zealand South Island Temperate Forests [10], Rakiura Island Temperate Forests [11], Chatham Island Temperate Forests [12].

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