Scanning the sides of the coastal track in Abel Tasman and going off the beaten path, I’ve put myself into the mindset of a mushroom. Where would I be? I’ve started to think like one. It’s become a game and what I’ve found in the national park never disappoints. There is always something new to find and observing fungi has become an addictive hobby.

Typically, the best time to go looking is right after a rain. The wet and cool climate these months (April-July) have been the prime time to spot some colorful and interesting fungal finds.

Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration – Paul Stamets



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