Cantebury-Otago tussock grasslands

WWF Abstract

Lining the east coast of South Island, this ecoregion is the largest and driest flat area to be found in New Zealand, with the driest climate. Coastal hills give way to inland basins and extensive grasslands. The craggy peaks of the Block Mountains of Central Otago reach 8,500 ft (2,300 m). The slopes of these mountains are covered with hardy grasses, including slim snow tussock, blue tussock, and alpine fescue tussock. At the summits, a dense blanket of cushion-forming plants grows. Despite the uniqueness of this semi-arid landscape, few endemic plant species are found here, and this ecoregion has largely been converted to pasture.
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Ecozone:Australasia
Biome:Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Countries:New Zealand
Area:13,247,999 acres (5,361,275 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Mount Aspiring National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder