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Tree Information x

Identifier: CR/1608
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Barker, K. P. & Brochner O.H.L.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
A very large old tōtara is to be found in Pioneer Park near Raincliff. South Canterbury. Enthusiastically described on the DOC sign as being about a 3.0 metre wide tree. It is located on the steep Homebush walk near some nice mature kahikatea and some nice tall silver beech trees.
A tall healthy tōtara such as this is a rare sight in South Canterbury (Barker, K. P., 2019).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Podocarpus
Species: totara
Common names: tōtara,
Height: 31.00m
Height measurement method: Nikon Forestry Pro
Height Comments: We got a good fix from a clearing further down the track.
Girth: 644 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Tree is widely buttresses. Girth taken above buttress
Diameter: 205 cm
Crown Spread A: 16.50m
Crown Spread B: 14.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 15.25m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: In good health.
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 368
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
29 Dec 2019 Barker K.P. & Brochner O.H.L.


Lat/Long: -44.14238363610918 / 170.95572047539372
Location Name: Pioneer Park
Address: Middle Valley Road
City/Town: Raincliff
Region: Canterbury
Location Description: Homebush Track. Time: 30 min return Distance: 1 km Short walk with stream crossing This loop track starts from the campground, crossing a small stream and then climbing to a ridge where there are large kaikahikatea and tötara. The most impressive is a stately tötara about three metres in diameter. The track then returns via the Burke Hut memorial.
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Department of Conservation


Preview Credit Date
Kevin Barker 29 Dec 2019
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