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Tree Information x

Identifier: WKR/1330
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
Hakarimata Scenic Reserve, covering the Hakarimata Range extends past the western banks of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers, across from Taupiri and down past Ngaruawahia.

The Hakarimata name commemorates a great 17th century feast between Ngati Maniapoto and the Waikato people, being a contraction of "Haakari-kai-mata", or "mountain of uncooked food"[1].

The scenic reserve contains a number of walking tracks, including, at the northern end of the reserve, a short loop track to a large kauri tree, close to the southern limit of the species. Originally one of two large trees in the reserve, it survives its former companion tree (approximately 170 cm dbh and 36 m tall) which fell in 2009[2].

[Smillie, 2015]

1) Department of Conservation, Hakarimata Tracks brochure. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
2) Waikato Times, 1 May 2009 Waikato giant falls. Retrieved July 22, 2015.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Agathis
Species: australis
Common names: kauri,
Height: 36.70m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: Taken from further along the track, using a step on the track as a reference point between top and base.
Girth: 700 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Circumference was not measured to avoid damage to tree and roots. Reported girth of 7 m (2.2 m dbh) is consistent when comparing to dimensions of adjacent platform (2.1 m wide).
Diameter: 222.8 cm
Crown Spread A: 36.00m
Crown Spread B: 31.60m
Avg. Crown Spread: 33.80m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Large mature kauri, some weeping of gum and a small area of rot on trunk was observed. PTA has not been reported in the reserve
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Nice example of mature kauri, with impressive crown, 8 m bole and a top log 11 m in total length.
Champion Tree Score: 424
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
20 Jul 2015 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -37.61217630629144 / 175.15046346473764
Location Name: Hakarimata Scenic Reserve
Address: Parker Road
City/Town: Taupiri
Region: Waikato
Location Description: The Kauri Loop Track starts at the end of Parker Road, climbs steeply for the first 10 minutes, but then levels out. The well signposted track goes right past the tree, with constant reminders to avoid going off track to protect the tree. A shoe cleaning station is present at the start of the track.
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Waikato District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 20 Jul 2015
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