Fiordland Temperate Rain Forest WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU?

Climate of the Rainforest in New Zealand

Average Rainfall: 13.3 in

Maximum Rainfall: 14.9 in

Minimum Rainfall: 10.8 in

Average Temperature: 40.1 degrees Fahrenheit

Maximum Temperature: 44.9 degrees Fahrenheit

Minimum Temperature: 35.4 degrees Fahrenheit

Fiordland Temperate Rainforests have several wet months with varying amounts of rainfall. Precipitation is at its highest when the temperature is at its lowest. When the temperature is increasing, however, the precipitation begins to decrease. This biome does not have any periods of dry weather throughout the year.

Net Primary Productivity

Temperate Rainforests have the lowest growing period out of all the forests because they have longer months full of cold temperatures and frost. This biome has a large variety of the amounts of rainfall which helps soil in some parts more than others. Many plants thrive off of the heavy rainfall, whereas some plants flourish on mountain sides where the rainfall isn't as drowning. In the Fiordland Temperate Rainforest there are several different species of birds, most are rare, insects, plants, and other nonnative mammals. The latitude for this forest is -42.25 and the longitude is 167.25. Certain Temperate Rainforests have high precipitation whereas others can sustain plants and wildlife with lower amounts of rain.

Soil Quality

The soil in this biome is very rich in nutrients because of the high precipitation amounts. However, farming doesn't occur in these areas because freshwater runoff occurs a lot.

Invasive Species

Red deer are a rapidly growing invasive species in the Fiordland Temperate Rainforest. These animals were brought here by European settlers in the 1850's and 60's on purpose to give the settlers something to hunt. They are currently found in the tussock country from Kaimai Range to Stewart Island.

Endangered Species

The Takahe birds are an endangered species that are found in tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains. They are struggling for food because the Red Deer are taking over. Their habitats are being destroyed by deforestation, which is the H in HIPPCO. They are also experiencing low reproduction rates and overharvesting of their entire species, relating to the P and O in HIPPCO.


The stoat is a small mammal that is very agile and has the ability to climb high objects. Their fur is chestnut brown in the summer helping them blend into the ground, and their fur becomes thick and white in the winter to keep them warm and safe in the white winters. They are also strong swimmers and can swim across great lakes.

Bush Robin

Bush robins are a common species in the Fiordland Temperate Rainforest environment. They feed on insects, which is an advantage because there is an overabundance of insects in this ecosystem. They're also grey with a white spot on the front so they can blend into the areas with more shade under all of the trees in this rainforest.


Tomtits feed off of insects, which is a beneficial trait because of the overabundance of insects. Their feathers are also dark like the bark of the trees in this environment, so they blend in and are hide to spot by predators.

Red Beech Trees

These trees live up to 400 years, so they keep a steady population in this environment. They also benefit from the moist soil, so many plants can grow around them and protect them from predators.

Rimu Trees

These trees are taller than most and have large canopy leaves. They consume more energy than other plants from the sun because there aren't any other organisms blocking them from it.

Mountain Buttercups

These beautiful yellow flowers are only found on the side of the mountains in this environment. They are well adapted to grow in well drained soil and profit from full sunlight.

Created By
Karrington C.


Created with images by pellaea - "Elk River Rainforest" • Leunert - "hirsch red deer antler carrier" • Br3nda - "takahe" • paulpiltdown - "Stoat or maybe a Weasel" • Violaine Bavent - "A bush robin ??" • Bird Brian - "DSC_9447" • Nicholas_T - "Twin Sisters Trail (10)" • Akos Kokai - "Coastal forest" • BLMOregon - "Sagebrush buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus), Greater Sage Grouse Lek Count Near Steens Mountain, April 2016"

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