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Tree Information x

Identifier: BPR/1100
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Ecroyd, C. E.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
Named the "Phantom" this tree is on the eastern slopes above Lake Okataina. It is in a patch of forest which has survived the Tarawera eruption in 1886 and there is volcanic ash still trapped in the forks of the crown. It is one of a number of large rata trees in this area. This tree has probably started in the crown of another tree and the trunk is formed by a large number of roots merged together to form a relatively solid trunk (Ecroyd, C.E. 2013).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Metrosideros
Species: robusta
Common names: northern rata,
Given Name: The Okataina Phantom
Height: 41.00m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: Close bush makes establishing the highest top difficult.
Girth: 1384 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Difficult to measure the trunk accurately because it is very rough with many small roots etc.
Diameter: 440.5 cm
Crown Spread A: 33.40m
Crown Spread B: 17.40m
Avg. Crown Spread: 25.40m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Health of this tree is very dependent on possum control being carried out in the area. There is much possum sign beneath the tree and in the canopy.
Tree Form Type: Fusion
Number of Trunks: 3
Tree Form Comments: a fairly solid looking trunk but formed by merging of many roots and stems.
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
19 Oct 2014 Waddell, P.J., Beets, P., Forrest, S. & Hejlm, F.
27 Feb 2013 Seccombe, W., Sisam, H. & Ecroyd, C. E.


Lat/Long: -38.13226115946018 / 176.43759727478027
Location Name: Makatiti Dome
Address: Makatiti
Suburb: Okataina
City/Town: Rotorua
Region: Bay of Plenty - Central Plateau
Location Description: It is about a two hour walk to this tree from the carpark at Okataina. You start on the well formed track to Humphries Bay and after about one hour follow an unofficial side track up hill to the tree.
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Rotorua District Council


Preview Credit Date
Wally Seccombe 27 Feb 2013
Chris Ecroyd 13 Nov 2007
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