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Kauri wood comes from New Zealand's unique giant Kauri tree (Agathis australis) and belongs to the Araucariaceae family. The tree grows extremely slow, it usually takes 100 to 150 years to reach 10 m height and form a treetop. Mature trees can reach 50 meters height, diameters of 5-6 meters are normal for really old trees being 2000 to 3000 years old. Kauri trees formed huge forests all over New Zealand.The wood ist light but very strong, extremely durable and was highly esteemed by the Maoris for their canoes and other ritual items due to the woods mystical eternal properties.