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Tree Information x

Identifier: WCR/1970
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
Winner of the NZ Tree of the Year 2024

With its twin trunks stretched as if they are mid-stride – and wearing high heels! – across the West Coast, near the Karamea Cemetery, is The Walking Tree. With an appearance like one of Tolkien’s sentient, tree-like Ents, it’s easy to see how The Walking Tree got its name.
There is no public access to the tree but it can be viewed from Oparara Road or the Karamea Cemetery (NZNTT, 2024).

Reference accessed 18 May 2024, The Walking Tree finalist profile.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Metrosideros
Species: robusta
Common names: northern rata,
Given Name: The Walking Tree
Height: 25.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: Scaled from image based on height of arch being 4.3m
Girth: 232.4 cm
Girth measurement height: 2 m
Girth Comments: diameter of Right leg 74cm, scaled from image at 2m
Diameter: 74 cm
Crown Spread A: 9.50m
Crown Spread B: 13.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 11.25m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Appears to be under some pressure
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 2
Tree Form Comments: It appears that the original host tree has fallen against another tree many years ago, and a second descending vertical root has formed.
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
18 May 2024 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -41.24778283359787 / 172.12938627843474
Location Name:
Address: 9 Oparara Road
City/Town: Karamea
Region: West Coast
Location Description: 200m SE of the Karamea Cemetery on private land.
Public Accessibility: Farmland
Local Authority: Buller District Council


Preview Credit Date
Garth R. Andrews - Instagram 02 Jun 2023
Chris Mathieson Photography LPSNZ, Emma & Phil Shear on their wedding day. 09 Feb 2013
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