Preserving historical buildings and structures is an important part of the telling the story of how wetlands were used in the past and the associated impacts.
These buildings from the diary era will be retained as a reminder of the European history of Travis Wetland. This shed was used by the Florance family for milking a town milk supply herd up to the 1970s. The larger building served as the barn.
Can you find this plant ?
Cabbage Tree, Cordyline australis.
Cordyline australis, commonly known as the Cabbage Tree is a widely branched monocot tree endemic to New Zealand.
It grows up to 20 metres tall with a stout trunk and sword-like leaves, which are clustered at the tips of the branches and can be up to 1 metre long.
Cordyline australis is a characteristic feature of the Travis Wetland landscape.
Can you see this bird ?
Fantail, Rhipidura fuliginosa, Piwakawaka
This small friendly bird would be one of the best known of New Zealands native birds.
Their high pitched chattering call can be heard all around Travis as you walk the track. Once you hear the call they are usually easy to find, constantly flitting through the trees in search of small invertebrates.
Fantail come in two colour morphs, the common pied and the seldom seen all black.