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Notable & Heritage Trees

Trees General

TCC is involved in a number of ways in regard to the management, maintenance and protection of trees.  These are outlined below:

Council Trees

Trees which are located on the berm in the road reserve or on Council owned or administered land are Council assets. These trees are covered by the Vegetation and Tree Management Policy.

You should contact Council’s Arborist to discuss issues relating to Council trees. 

Private Trees

Trees on private property (other than Notable, Heritage and Significant Groups of Trees – see below) are NOT controlled by Council. This includes leaf drop and encroaching roots. 

Council understands that the The New Zealand Law Society has produced a a pamphlet entitled ‘Over the fence… are your neighbours’ which discusses a range of issues regarding neighbour to neighbour issues. This information can be located at the following link:

The New Zealand Law Society 

Trees protected/managed by way of Resource Consent

There are many trees or vegetated areas within the City, generally on private land, which have been required to be planted/protected by means of mitigation through a resource consent.  These are specific to the property, and the consent conditions are required on the property file.  There is a need to check when asked if a tree is protected (and it is noted a Street Tree or Notable, Heritage or Significant Groups of Trees) by way of resource consent.  Do this by checking the electronic property file.  If a tree is afforded protection by way of resource consent then a variation to that consent will be required before it can be removed.

City Plan

The City Plan makes provision for the protection of trees under three categories:

Please note that a tree may be identified as being under more than one category.  To see whether a tree is identified in one or more of these categories you can view the relevant registers above.

If a tree appears in one of the Registers above then it is protected. Most activities in relation to removal, modification to, or works beneath the drip line, of a protected tree will require resource consent approval. Please contact the Council to discuss your proposal in more detail. 

Last Reviewed: 15/03/2017

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