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Tree Information x

Identifier: NR/1295
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Hodgson, G.L.
Registration Category: Historic tree – National interest
General Notes:

Te Aroha, the legendary tree at the very tip of Cape Reinga. The tree is of great age but it is unclear exactly how old it is. In the 1960's it was considered 800 years old (Hodgson, G.L. 2015).

According to mythology, the spirits of the dead travel to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua on their journey to the afterlife to leap off the headland and climb the roots of the ancient old pohutukawa tree and descend to the underworld to return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki (ref: Cape Reinga. In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 27, 2015)

Single Tree Details

Genus: Metrosideros
Species: excelsa
Common names: pōhutukawa,
Given Name: Te Aroha
Height: 7.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 157 cm
Girth measurement height: 0 m
Girth Comments: Estimated - two trunks each
Diameter: 50 cm
Crown Spread A: 0.00m
Crown Spread B: 0.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 0.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Typical of a tree growing in a harsh environment
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Wind-shaped, roots form the 'Aka', or ladder, down which spirits are said to climb.
Champion Tree Score: 85
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
01 Jan 1984 Burstall, S.W. & Sale, E, V.


Lat/Long: -34.42149960078257 / 172.67983522320935
Location Name: Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua
Address: Cape Reinga Road
City/Town: Cape Reinga
Region: Northland
Location Description: The tree can be seen from the public access area but cannot be approached.
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Far North District Council


Preview Credit Date
Grant Hodgson 11 Apr 2015
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