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Protected trees

To see if a tree (or trees) on your property or your neighbour’s property is protected you can view the updated protected trees register and the significant groups of trees register. 

There is potential for trees to be protected through a resource consent as mitigation for previous removals or development. To ensure you have the correct information or to check, contact a duty planner or the city arborists by contacting council on 07 577 7000.

Protected trees on Private property are the responsibility of the Landowner in all respects. Council will assist wherever requested to provide guidance and technical advice. 

Vegetation and tree management policy 2014 (130kb pdf) Significant Groups of Trees Register (306kb pdf
Protected Trees Register (2.1mb pdf)

Planting guide for street trees and gardens

The planting guide for street trees and gardens has been broken up into sections listed below.

Planting guide - Street trees and gardens (pages 1-27) (8.8mb pdf) 
Planting guide - Street trees and gardens (pages 28-54) (5.1mb pdf)


Tauranga City Council is unable to recommend one Arborist over the next. Be advised though, that only an arborist holding specific arboriculture qualifications (and this does not include general horticultural qualification) may work on protected trees. They must determine if a resource consent is required prior to working on protected trees.

Some qualified arborists are as follows (but any suitably qualified and experienced arborist can do the work): 

  • Arbor Care - 07 543 1775
  • Tree Wise Men - 027 430 1467
  • Paul Kenny Contracting - 027 246 5034
  • Asplundh Ltd - 027 572 2440
  • Full Circle Arboriculture - 027 655 4777
  • Tauranga Tree Services -  0274 729 924

Which is the oldest tree in Tauranga?

It is believed to be the Titoki at Otumoetai Pa and the Pohutukawa at Pitau Road Reserve, both are of a similar age- approx 300 years old.

Which is the tallest tree in Tauranga? 

This has not been identified; however Yatton Park has some trees that were planted during 1865 – 1877 by Mr John Alfred Chadwick.

Chadwick made the initial purchase of 400 acres shortly after the battle of Gate Pa. On one section, he built his house and planted a number of exotic trees - 16 of which are now the largest of their kind in the North Island. For example the Norfolk Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) at 51 metres and the Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta) at 34 metres. 

Some other areas that have historic trees are:

Maungawhare has 4 large Norfolk pines planted between 1884 and 1890; the northernmost of these was once the tallest in the Bay of Plenty until it was struck by lightning in 1978. The Maungawhare parkland area bounds the homestead, which remains private. Public entry is to the parkland only and is accessed from Parkvale Road, Otumoetai. 

The Elms
The Elms, Tauranga's historic former Mission Station was founded in 1835. Reverend Brown purchased 17 acres of the original CMS Station in 1873 as a family home, naming it The Elms, after the over 50 elm trees growing on the site at the time. Brown was known for his interest in gardening: he planted the oak tree, the Norfolk pines which are the most visible markers of the mission station, as well as ornamentals such as roses. 

For more information on trees try “Great Trees of New Zealand” – by S.W. Burstall 1984, copy available at Tauranga libray.

Last Reviewed: 29/08/2019

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