Tonga's finest tropical forest is on the slopes just above Futu. The many exotic species planted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry include pine, red cedar, and tree ferns, and the birdlife is abundant with Pacific pigeons, crimson-crowned fruit doves, white-collared kingfishers, blue-crowned lorikeets, and red-breasted musk parrots.
Take the road inland from Mata'afu toward the 'Eua Forest Plantation about 30 minutes until you reach a nursery. The track ends at Hafu Pool, where you could have a swim. An overgrown road continues uphill three kilometers to a junction with Rooney Road. Turn right and keep left to Soti, the Soldiers Grave, where Lance Corporal AE Yealands, New Zealand Corps of Signals, was buried in 1943. This spot, also known as Topuva'e 'a Maui (312 m), is the highest point on the island. From the grave, Loti Road continues north to the palace ruins in Northern 'Eua.
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