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Tauranga City Council employs two arborists and looks after and maintains approximately:

  • 339 individual protected trees and 10 groups of protected trees on private property
  • 8,000 trees in reserves
  • 21,000 street trees

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. Secondly there is potential for trees to be protected through a Resource Consent as mitigation for previous removals or development. To check contact Duty Planner or the City Arborists.

To ensure you have the correct information, it may pay to ring Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7000 as well as checking the above registers.

Information on ‘Growing Tauranga Green’ our vegetation management strategy for Tauranga

Protected Trees Register (2.1mb pdf)

Significant Groups of Trees Register (306kb pdf)

Planting Guide for Street Trees and Gardens

The Planting Guide for street trees and gardens has been broken up into sections listed below.

Last Reviewed: 11/04/2017

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:
Norfolk Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) 51 m
Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta) 34 m 

More information on Yatton Park.

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. 

More information on the Elms.


For more information on trees try “Great Trees of New Zealand” – by S.W. Burstall 1984

(Tauranga Library has a copy)


Last Reviewed: 26/10/2016