New Zealand – Episode 8 – The ferns of NZ

Boasting about 200 species, ranging from ten-metre-high tree ferns to flimsy 20 millimeters long ferns, it’s no wonder the fern is a symbol of New Zealand, along with the famous kiwi bird.

According to Māori legends, the silver fern once lived in the sea. It was asked to come and live in the forest to play a significant role in guiding the Māori people. Māori hunters and warriors used the silver underside of the fern leaves to find their way home. When bent over, the fronds would catch the moonlight and illuminate a path through the forest.

This distinctly New Zealand symbol is considered a badge of honor by the kiwi people, products and services that carry it and has been the symbol of New Zealand’s national rugby team since the 1880s.

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