Ripple Rotorua is fortunate to call some of New Zealand’s most treasured flora and fauna home. Contributing to the peace, quiet and tranquility of our uniquely located property on the outskirts of town, we have a large array of nature right outside your door.
Here are some of the species you’re likely to see during your stay:
Rainbow and brown trout: Popular freshwater fish found in the Waiowhiro Stream, known for their distinctive individual colouring exactly as their names suggest. During spawning, the trout make their way from Lake Rotorua up the Waiowhiro Stream towards Fairy Springs where they lay their eggs. Although protected in the stream, both are prized by fishermen and are able to be caught when in the lakes.
Pukeko: The pukeko is a distinctive bird native to New Zealand. It has a vibrant blue body, red legs and a long red beak. They are known for their loud calls and social behaviour, and can usually be found hanging out next to the stream or exploring the property.
Tui: The tui is a striking bird with iridescent dark feathers and a distinctive white tuft at its throat. They are known for their melodious song. You’ll see them darting between the trees at Ripple and wake at different times of the year to their beautiful song.
Piwakawaka: Also known as the fantail, the piwakawaka is a small bird with a distinctive fan-shaped tail. It is known for its playful and acrobatic flight patterns and is a common sight around the property.
Kereru: The kereru, or New Zealand pigeon, is a large and colorful bird with iridescent green and white feathers. Hear the loud flutter of its wings flying low between trees throughout Ripple.
Kowhai: The kowhai is a native tree known for its vibrant yellow flowers, which bloom in spring. It is an iconic New Zealand plant and is often associated with the country’s natural beauty.
Rimu: The rimu is a tall coniferous tree native to New Zealand. It has distinctive reddish-brown bark and produces small, red berries (which the kereru love to eat!).
Kahikatea: Kahikatea is another native tree, known for being one of the tallest trees in New Zealand forests. At Ripple, the kahikatea is the tallest tree you can see, perched alongside the Waiowhiro Stream.
Silver ferns: The silver fern is an iconic symbol of New Zealand. It’s a type of tree fern with silvery-white undersides of its fronds. It holds cultural significance and is often associated with our sports teams and national identity.
Flax: Flax, or harakeke, is a common plant in New Zealand with long, sword-like leaves. Māori have traditionally used flax for weaving items such as baskets and mats.
Cabbage tree: The cabbage tree, or tī kōuka, is a distinctive tree with a tall trunk and tuft of long, strap-like leaves at the top. It has cultural and historical significance and was used by Māori for various purposes.