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Tree Information x

Identifier: WTR/1291
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Arthur, G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – International interest
General Notes:
This tree is a very large northern rata in Akatarawa Forest, near Pram Track. Its girth and height are virtually identical (within practical measuring limits) to those of the Karapoti Rata (WTR/0976), and so the Whakatikei Rata is regarded as New Zealand's co-champion largest northern rata in NZ. The tree should not be confused with another large rata nearby. This other tree is 4 metres in diameter with a large canopy, 100 metres to the northwest, and closer to Pram Track (Arthur, G. 2015).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Metrosideros
Species: robusta
Common names: northern rata,
Given Name: Whakatikei Rata
Height: 39.00m
Height measurement method: Clinometer
Height Comments: Geometrical solution using clinometer, compass, GPS and tape
Girth: 1555 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.5 m
Girth Comments: Girth height varied from 1.5 to 4 metres because of ground slope.
Diameter: 495 cm
Crown Spread A: 30.00m
Crown Spread B: 20.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 25.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: Unknown
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: A mature tree with no serious deterioration. Age well over 1000 yrs.
Tree Form Type: Multi-trunk
Number of Trunks: 10
Tree Form Comments: Several very large upper branches arising from multi-component trunk.
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
23 Apr 2015 Arthur, G.


Lat/Long: -41.029368 / 175.039096
Location Name: Akatarawa Forest
Address: NZTM coords (Topo50): N5455980, E1771420. Topo50 BP32.
City/Town: Upper Hutt
Region: Wellington
Location Description: Just east of Pram Track and about 600 metres due east of where Pram Track hits Dopers Creek.
Public Accessibility: Forest Park
Local Authority: Greater Wellington Regional Council


Preview Credit Date
Gerald Arthur 26 Mar 2015
Gerald Arthur 24 Aug 2014
Gerald Arthur 24 Aug 2014
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