Bush is the collective word for the New Zealand Native woodlands.

The word was first introduced after the early European Pioneers found difficulty in finding a correct definition for the vast areas of the New Zealand Flora.

The word ‘Forest’ did not apply, since a forest consists mainly of tall trees. Likewise, the word ‘scrub’ was inappropriate, as this word denotes sparse plantings of low lying shrubs.

So, after delving into the English language, these Pioneers found the word ‘bush’. Then, wherever their travels took them, they used this word to describe the woodlands. Hence today, as well as New Zealand using the word ‘bush’, so too is it used in Australia, regions in the Pacific, Africa and Canada.

During the Coast to Coast Tours you will see different types of New Zealand bush, and we will explain about many types of New Zealand Native trees.