A flowering kowhāi is a sight to behold. They are often a hive of activity for bees and birds - kererū are especially fond of kowhāi foliage.
Kowhāi are much more than a pretty flower. It’s timber is one of the toughest of all New Zealand trees and was used traditionally by Māori in constructing whare. A kowhāi’s bark holds medicinal properties that were used for ailments ranging from a sore throat to a sprained ankle.