Kauri has been prized by New Zealanders since pre-European times. Maori considered kauri trees to be the king of the forest and valued them because of their size and for the kauri gum. Kauri floats, so the wood was also ideal for making waka (canoes).
Early European used the kauri timber for ship building and other construction.
Kauri grows in the warm northern part of New Zealand – Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula and Northland.
One of the largest and longest living trees in the world, kauri trees can live for a thousand years or more, can grow up to 50 metres and its trunk can be up to 5 metres in diameter. Full grown kauri stand above the canopy of smaller trees, such as nikau palms and rimu, and they are sometimes draped in woody twining plants.