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Tree Information x

Identifier: NR/1571
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Historic tree – National interest
General Notes:
Tingey’s Kauri was a large, isolated tree in the Parahi-Okahu region of the Northern Wairoa. Sale gives dimensions of 14.02 m girth, 19.81 m to the first branches and a merchantable volume of 243.1 cubic metres – in these aspects, it was said to be identical in size to Tane Mahuta[1]. Sale even stated that the tree may have actually been larger (by timber content) given revisions in the assessment methods since the tree was measured.

Those suspiciously accurate dimensions were conversions from the imperial measurements of 65 feet to the first limb, and a girth of 46 feet, 6 inches. These same dimensions were given for a tree that grew near Tokatoka, some 13 km southwest of the Parahi-Okahu area, on the banks of the Wairoa river[2]. The same reference notes that a photograph of the tree, from the Dominion Museum in Wellington, was featured as the frontispiece of David Hutchin’s “Waipoua kauri forest : its demarcation and management”[3]. That photograph, by noted Auckland photographer Josiah Martin and reproduced here, shows a tree very similar to the one shown on page 193 of Sale’s book.

Like the neighbouring giants at Kaihu (NR/1375) and Ararua (NR/1513), Tingey’s Kauri was destroyed by fire around the start of the 20th century. The founder of Matakohe’s Kauri Museum, Mervyn Sterling acquired a piece of the stump of the tree afterwards, but it is not known if it is part of the museum’s current collection.

(Smillie, 2019)

[1] E. V. Sale, The Quest for the Kauri, Reed, 1978.
[2] W. R. McGregor, “GIANT KAURI TREE,” New Zealand Herald, 20 February 1932.
[3] D. E. Hutchins, Waipoua kauri forest : its demarcation and management, Wellington: Government Printer, 1918.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Agathis
Species: australis
Common names: kauri,
Given Name: Tingey's Kauri
Height: 40.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: Conservative estimate based on typical dimensions for large Kauri
Girth: 1402 cm
Girth measurement height: 2 m
Girth Comments: Measured above the humus mound, this is typical higher than standard
Diameter: 446.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 30.00m
Crown Spread B: 30.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 30.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Burnt down circa 1900
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 708
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: No
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
12 Oct 2019 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -36.01542556964605 / 174.0511725826492
Location Name: Parahi-Okahu
Address: Tokatoka Road
City/Town: Tokatoka
Region: Northland
Location Description: Said to be in the Parahi-Okahu region, some 13 km inland of Tokatoka. The marker is placed in the general vinicity, the exact former location of the tree is not known.
Public Accessibility: This tree no longer exists
Local Authority: Kaipara District Council


Preview Credit Date
Josiah Martin 01 Jan 1900
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