The native Pacific hibiscus flower blooms brightly in hues of red, pink,
orange, yellow and white. Hibiscus are traditionally worn by women
behind their ear or given as a welcome gift, celebrating the beauty of a
bride, arrival of honoured guests or other happy occasions. In New
Zealand the hibiscus is a celebrated sign of summer, lending its name to
the Hibiscus Coast, a beautiful stretch of coastline north of Auckland,
famous for its pristine beaches and sunny climate.