There is a representative selection of labelled native trees in the area immediately surrounding the lodge. Look out for these as you explore.
Mamaku Tree fern
All of New Zealand's podocarp species are found growing here.
Rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) is fairly dominant, and a large area west and south of the Te Rere I Oturu falls has been designated an ecological area because of the rich concentration of rimu in this region.
The only true totara are a few young trees planted recently, though Hall's totara (Podocarpus cunninghamii) is scattered throughout.
Miro (Prumnopitys ferruginea) and matai (Prumnopitys taxifolia) are also found here, as well as some quite large kahikatea trees (Dacrycarpus dacrydiodes) in the valleys.
Phyllocladus varieties, also belonging to the podocarp family, are fairly plentiful, especially tanekaha on the ridges.
Piupiu (Crown Fern)
Beech trees and hardwoods
Most hardwoods common to lowland forests thrive in the park, including tawa, rewarewa, kamahi, kapuka, hinau and others.
Native beeches (nothofagus spp.) are rare, but some are being planted around the lodge, including red, silver and mountain beech.
Most of the tree ferns are plentiful, and there is a wide representation of smaller fern species.
While some such as the Prince of Wales feather fern (todea superba) grow best in the sheltered valleys, others such as the Leptopteriss hymenophylkloides are found everywhere.
The large white clematis vine and some varieties of tree daisies (Olearias) adorn areas of the forest with their attractive flowers in late September - October.