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Tree Information x

Identifier: BPR/0541
Historical Reg No: 323
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cowan, B.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
'This tree is notable for it's historical significance to the local Tangata whenua - Ngatipikiao. It is an obvious landmark on Hongi's Track -Sheet 30 and no.44 of the Great Trees of New Zealand by Burstall & Sale, pp. 110-111' (Cowan 1994).

The significance of this area lies in its important historic and scenic values. The track which runs through the area has two names: Hinehopu's Track and Hongi's Track. Originally it was named after the Maori chieftainess, Hinehopu, who lived in the area around 1620. Hinehopu kept two homes, one at Rotoiti and the other at Rotoehu and often travelled between the two lakes. The track and area between the two lakes was named after her. The name Hongi was given to the area when the famous Ngapuhi warrior, Hongi, transferred his canoes from Lake Rotoehu to Lake Rotoiti in 1823 in order to perform a surprise raid on the Arawa people on Mokoia Island, Lake Rotorua.
Ref: Department of Conservation, Hinehopu/Hongi's track notes.

This tree is otherwise known by locals as Te Rakau tipua o Hinehopu, the Magic Tree of Hinehopu. When Hongi Hika and his warriors carried their war canoe past here, Hinetamairu and the young chieftainess Hinehopu, heard about the oncoming war party and hid within the tree. The tree that kept Hinehopu safe is now known as the Wishing Tree.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Prumnopitys
Species: taxifolia
Common names: mataī, black pine
Given Name: Te Ara-o-Hinehopu, The Wishing Tree.
Height: 27.80m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 310 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.45 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 98.7 cm
Crown Spread A: 9.00m
Crown Spread B: 10.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 9.50m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Appears in good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: A very hollow stem. Some reduction in the canopy has occurred. Two old cracks in stem present.
Champion Tree Score: 221
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
09 Mar 2018 Cadwallader, B.G.
01 Jan 1994 Cowan, B.


Lat/Long: -38.035862388768074 / 176.50291174650192
Location Name: Lake Rotoiti Scenic Reserve
Address: SH 30
Suburb: Lake Rotoiti
City/Town: Rotorua
Region: Bay of Plenty - Central Plateau
Location Description: Not specified
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Rotorua District Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 09 Mar 2018
Brad Cadwallader 09 Mar 2018
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