Known by European settlers as White Pine, Kahiatea , New Zealand's tallest forest tree was once dominant in lowland swamps. Apart from cleared swamp lands being ideal agricultural land, Kahikatea's decimation can be attributed to the soft, pale, odourless wood being perfect for the millions of boxes used for the export of butter and cheese. Project Kahikatea has been established to ensure the long-term survival of the tree and its ecosystems. There are many forest walks which allow you to see these magnificent trees.