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Places to Visit

Here our aim is to compile a list of sites which people could visit to see examples of different species, silvicultural systems etc.

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Northland and Auckland
Name of site Location What is on view? Local contact person (if known and necessary for access)

Simms farm 

Kaitaia 

Blackwood up to 20 years old. Also Grevillea robusta, just over 20 years old. Both species grown primarily for erosion control as well as timber. 
See video>>

Brian Simms 0-9-408 4050 

Satchell property 

Kerikeri 

Eucalypt, cypress and radiata, grown from seed, following silvicultural regimes for high value timber. 

Dean Satchell 0-9-407 5525
www.go-eco.co.nz

Renwick property 

Kaitaia 

A well tended block of blackwood planted 1984. Also a small block of cutting grown radiata pine planted 1997. 

Richard Renwick
0-9-408 4241 

Achtzehner property 

North of Okaihau 

When bought in 1994 a third of the property had 1-year old pines. The rest since planted with lusitanica, macrocarpa, redwood, blackwood, acacia dealbata, a range of eucalypts. Also poplar for drying out wet areas. No more pines. Intention is to selectively harvest to maintain continuous canopy. 

Tony Achtzehner 
0-9-407 7776 

‘Parakao’ 

Between Whangarei and Dargaville 

Good farm forestry. Wide range of species, some up to 40 years old, planted for a range of purposes (timber, shelter, erosion control, arboretum, etc.) and because John just likes trees. 
See video>>

John Pedersen
0-9-433 1886 

‘Ngarakau’ 

Between Whangarei and Dargaville 

Plantings for poplars/erosion control, agroforestry, eucalypts, hardwood timber processing, and woodlot harvesting. 
See video>>

Peter Davies-Colley
0-9-433 1718 

‘Woodlands’ 

20 minutes west of Warkworth 

Planting originally for erosion control and timber resulted in good shelter. Now it is more like a park, with eucalypt species trials, acacia, cypress, redwood, grevillea, cryptomeria, pseudoacacia. John is a wood enthusiast with two portable mills. He mills his own timber and does custom cutting for others. 
See video>>

John Furniss
0-9-422 6595 

woodyone.john@gmail.com

Waikato (Back to Places to visit contents)
Name of site Location What is on view? Local contact person (if known and necessary for access)

Brown property 

35 minutes from Hamilton 

40 ha property on the lower eastern slopes of Mt Pirongia, 30 ha planted in a range of species including blackwood, redwood, cypress, black walnut and radiata pine. It might be seen as a typical farm forestry block. 

Ian Brown
0-7-483 4389 

Radiata pine museum 

4 km from Waingaro 

Living museum showing the history and development of 120 years of forestry in NZ. Comprehensive display of a range of pine genotypes and silvicultural systems. 

Wink Sutton
0-7-348 5583 

Amakiwi Forest Trust 

Waikaretu 

A range of species planted since 1990. Some 66% radiata and cypress. The rest is eucalypts, blackwood, northern hardwoods and softwoods, and natives. Experimental continuous cover areas. 

Ian Barton
0-9-239 2049 

Taitua Arboretum 

55 Taitua Road Temple View Hamilton 

A collection of mature trees covering 20 ha of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens. Developed by farm foresters, now owned by Hamilton City Council. 

Open to the public, free entry 

Brennan property 

Reporoa, nr Taupo 

Integrated tree plantings, a mix of woodlots, shelter belts, shade trees and wetland planting. 
See video>>

Kyle Brennan
0-7-333 8664 

‘Mia’ 

Reporoa 

Cypress, douglas fir, radiata, redwood and eucalypt for timber. Shelterbelts, mainly mixed poplar/radiata. 
See video>>

Benjamin and Sylvia Lee,
0-7-333 8062 

Taumarunui redwoods 

Just out of Taumarunui, over the river 

4 ha of redwood established around 1927. Spectacular stand with highest recorded basal area in the world (unconfirmed). 

DoC office, Taumarunui
0-7-895 8201 

Bay of Plenty (Back to Places to visit contents)
Name of site Location What is on view? Local contact person (if known and necessary for access)

McLaren Falls Park 

Lower Kaimais, Tauranga 

Arboretum of specimen trees planted from 1965. 

Western BoP District Council administers the park. 

Brann property 

20 minutes SW of Te Puke 

Farm plantings, woodlots, specimen trees, riparian enhancement, public recreation, production forestry. 
See video>>

Geoff and Gill Brann
0-7-5331361 

Summerhill Farm Park 

319 Reid Rd, Welcome Bay, Te Puke 

Radiata first planted 1961. Alternative species – cypress, black walnut, eucalypt, blackwood, poplar and paulownia – planted from 1980s alongside FRI’s special purpose species research programme, so a lot of silvicultural experimenting took place. Wetlands, dams. Riparian areas planted in natives. Care is taken to match planting to the land forms. 

A working forest open to the public for recreation purposes.

Entry by gold coin donation. 

Redwood Memorial Grove 

5 km south of Rotorua, adjoining Whakarewarewa Forest. 

Of the original 12 ha of redwoods planted from 1901, six ha, the Redwood Memorial Grove, remain today. There are also small areas of plantings from 1901 onwards - eucalypts, acacias, and northern hemisphere hardwoods and softwoods. The forest has played an important role in the NZ forest industry and continues to do so. Most of it is productive plantation forest, where from time to time you can see all facets of the management cycle. 

Entry to the forest is free. 

Gisborne-East Coast (Back to Places to visit contents)
Name of site Location What is on view? Local contact person (if known and necessary for access)

Eastwoodhill Arboretum 

2392 Wharekopae Road, 35 km NW of Gisborne 

The National Arboretum of New Zealand. It holds the most comprehensive collection of woody plants in New Zealand. Many rare and unusual conifers. Possibly the largest collection of northern hemisphere trees south of the equator. 

www.eastwoodhill.org.nz

0-6-863 9003 

Hackfalls Arboretum 

187 Berry Road, Tiniroto 

Over 3000 species and varieties of oaks, alders, cherries, magnolias, maples and more. The collection of evergreen and semi-evergreen Mexican oak species is considered the largest private collection of oaks in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The property is a charitable trust, open to the public (entrance fee applies). 

0-6-863 7083 

Te Koawa Station 

Te Karaka 

Medium to steep hill country. 15% planted with pines and alternative species for soil conservation, shade and timber. 
See video>>

Bob Wishart & Meg Gaddum 0-6-862 3418 

‘Wensleydale’ 

Whangara 

Medium steep hill country with a variety of species for erosion control, production forestry and QE II covenanted. 
See video>>

Nick Seymour
0-6-862 2697 

Knapdale Ecolodge 

8 km NW of Gisborne 

“Tranquillity in a stunning rural landscape. A mosaic of different hues of green.” Black walnut, blackwood, autumn colour and a range of conifers. 4 ha of oaks planted since 2009. Prime purpose is erosion control and gorse control, but strong amenity values, timber, shade and fodder are also factors. 

Kees and Kay Weytmans
0-6-862 5444 

Koro Station 

3/4 hour west of Gisborne 

400 ha in grass, 100 in forestry, of which 80 ha is conservation planting that qualifies for carbon credits. A range of forestry species, plus poplars planted originally for erosion control until drought proved their value as fodder. Wide variety of poplars, now also planted in paddocks, and providing leaf fall from January to July. 
See video>>

Ray Newman
0-6-862 3444, 

Hawke’s Bay (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Guthrie Smith Trust 

Tutira, on SH2 40 km north of Napier 

The arboretum comprises 90 ha, with over 20,000 trees planted since 2002. Collections of single genera including tree crops are being developed, along with small blocks of timber trees for evaluation. Trees are grouped by country and geographic region. The tree planting programme continues. 

Open to the public 

Tutira Country Park 

Access through DoC wildlife reserve via a drive to east of the lake 

The park includes walks, a wetland, an arboretum, and picturesque lakes. The regional council manages an erosion control, sustainable land management programme. The park was established to demonstrate soil conservation / erosion control practices, and to provide a great place to relax. 

A commemorative chair recognises the contribution of NZ’s first soil conservator, Doug Campbell 1906–1969, who was instrumental in introducing many of the now accepted land and farming practices in NZ in the 1940s and 50s, including erosion control and aerial top dressing. 

Open to the public 

Holt Forest Trust Arboretum 

Turnoff sign-posted at Tutira and again, on the right, . km past Waikoau village 

A wide variety of ornamental and commercial trees and shrubs, developed to show the quality, size, and magnificence which trees can attain. The first trees planted - redwood, douglas fir and kahikatea - have reached towering heights. The arboretum is being managed for perpetuity. 

Open to the public 

Wyn-Harris farm 

Waipukurau 

Plantings from early 1980s, mainly cypress (lusitanica) and Eucalyptus regnans, planted for shade/shelter, erosion control, animal welfare, and amenity, with radiata for timber. 
See video>>

Steve Wyn-Harris
0-6-855 8265 

‘Mangarara’ 

At end of Mangarara Road, Patangata 

Planting started 1995, for production forestry and also for shade, shelter, nutrient recycling and fodder. Focus is on choosing the right trees for the right purpose. The return from selling carbon credits from a 20ha native block has enabled the planting of some 95,000 trees in the past four years. 

Open to the public. 

Greg Hart
0-6-858 4343 

Taranaki (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Hawkes farm 

10 mins south of Bell Block 

Growing trees for shelter/shade (for stock and grass), pleasant working environment, conservation aspects (birds, other fauna, bees) and to store carbon. Timber an added bonus, but no longer planting pines, now moving to redwoods and cryptomerias instead. A recently bought 10ha block of grass will all be planted in trees for carbon sequestration. 
See video>>

Rodney Hawkes
0-6-755 2555 

Peat farm 

Midway between Taumarunui and Stratford 

Trees for timber, erosion control, shade, shelter, and to attract birds. Some radiata, plus eucalypts, macrocarpa, blackwoods and a small arboretum. 
See video>>

Murray and Sally Peat
0-6-762 5829 

Schumacher farms 

Purangi, plus home farm just out of Inglewood 

Riparian plantings on home farm. At Purangi there are 35 ha of forestry planted from late 1990s, mainly pine but also redwood, cryptomeria, blackwood and eucalypt. Two QE II covenanted areas. Both the farm and the larger reserve (Otunahe scenic reserve, a wonderful example of mature native forest) are within the much larger Purangi kiwi project, a predator-controlled area cared for by the East Taranaki Environment Trust. 

Karen and Bob Schumacher 0-6-756 8064 

‘Makara’ 

10 km east of Tariki 

Forestry establishment ongoing since 1980. Now gives sustained yield harvest of 3-4 ha a year. Initially radiata, but being replaced by cypress, redwood, some radiata and non-traditional species eg deciduous hardwoods (oak, beech, etc). Redwood trials. Riparian and amenity plantings. 
See video>>

Jeremy Thomson
0-6-759 2004 

Te Wera Arboretum Trust 

Te Wera, East Taranaki 

Set up by FRI in 1950s to trial tree species for a range of productive and other uses. The present focus is on maintenance. 

Open to the public 

Whanganui-Manawatu (Back to Places to visit contents)
Name of site Location What is on view? Local contact person (if known and necessary for access)

McKean PInetum 

Renfrew Road, Rangiwahia, north of Kimbolton 

An outstanding collection of pines and other conifers from around the world. Primarily of dendrological interest. 

On private property but open to the public. For information contact Don Tantrum 0-6-388 0635 

Omahuri Farm Partnership 

15 km NE of Whanganui 

A range of exotics and natives, planted with a strong focus on matching tree type to land capability. Natives also subject to silviculture. Wetlands are a feature. There’s an emphasis on biodiversity. 

Ian Moore
0-6-342 5887 

Longridge 

10 m north of Feilding 

A 45 ha farm forestry block, with 25 ha now in trees. Half that area is pine from 3 to 22 years old. The rest is in different varieties of eucalypt, cypress, redwood, oak, cryptomeria, and cedar, plus a selection of aesthetic plantings and an increasing amount of native plantings. 

Dean and Cushla Williamson 0-6-323 9408 or 027 323 9408 

Greater Wellington (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Stanton Park 

Near Upper Hutt 

Wellington Branch demonstration site within a commercial pine forest – includes range of alternative species. 

Restricted access, visits must be arranged 3-4 days in advance. 

Contact Dave Gratton 0-4-526 8675 

‘Chilly Brook’ forest and arboretum 

Akatarawa, Upper Hutt 

Range of alternative species and silvicultural systems. 

Roger, Daphne and Larry Redington 
0-4-526 9467 

Tinui Forest Park 

Tinui, Castlepoint Road, Masterton 

Conversion of 280 ha hill country sheep and beef property to a mixed-species sustainable forest. Range of alternative species and trial plantings. 

Harriet Palmer
0-4-973 3077 

Rewanui Forest Park 

Signposted 22 km E of Masterton on Castlepoint Road. Carpark 400m further on. 

Integrated land management including native and exotic species trials, public access, beautiful native bush, livestock. 

See www.trimblefoundation.org.nz/
rewanui-forest-park-walks/
for more information 

Nelson (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Appleton’s Arboretum 

Wakefield, Nelson 

A long-established family-run tree nursery. Arboretum established 20 years ago as a future seed source, and trialling area for new species. 6500 trees from 1000 species have been planted on the 150 ha property and seed crops are now being collected. 

Eric and Robert Appleton 

Appleton’s Tree Nursery
0-3-541 8309 

Milnthorpe Park 

5 km south of Collingwood. Signposted on SH 60, 100m past the turning to Milnthorpe Quay 

Initial mission was to establish a strictly indigenous forest. By 1976, after frequent failures, the true nature of the impoverished soils was clear. Idealism yielded to pragmatism. Australian species proved best suited to conditions - quickly grew to enrich topsoil and provide shade canopy, enabling the successful planting of tens of thousands of longer-lived NZ natives. Increasingly the slower natives are rising through the exotic canopy. Rimu doing particularly well. 

Open to the public 

Tunnel Creek Evergreens 

1/2 hour south of Richmond 

As well as radiata there are 7 ha of douglas fir dating from early 1960s, another 7 ha cypress, 2 ha redwood, two arboreta specialising in fir and cedar, about 100 tulip trees, plus blackwood and eucalypt. A wide range of timbers was used in building the house, many of them coming from the property. 
See video>>

Bevan Walker
0-3-544 7877 

deGray property 

Upper Moutere 

A trial of 200 sugar maples planted 1984-2000. Tapping taking place since about 2006. Remainder of property planted for timber and amenity, with macrocarpa, blackwood, eucalypts, and more. 

Dave deGray
0-3-543 2841 

Gavin farm 

Murchison 

Planting started 1995, some natives plus alternative timber species, eg cypress (lawson, leyland, ovensii, macrocarpa), redwood, douglas fir, maple, poplar. They are being grown for pleasure, but tended as production forestry. Combination of open space and trees – gardening with trees. 
See video>>

Terry and Claire Gavin
0-3-548 0338 

Marlborough (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Wither Hills Farm Park 

On Wither Hills, E of Blenheim. Several access points with information boards. 

The reserve is operated as a working farm. Soil conservation also a principal function. There has been extensive and ongoing tree planting within the valley systems since 1985. There is a 40 ha QE II covenanted area of dryland forest. A recovery management programme prepared following a major fire in 2000 includes annual vegetation monitoring and additional ecosourced planting. 

Open to the public 

Victoria Domain 

Picton 

Rapid recovery back to natural vegetation has occurred over much of this former cleared and farmed peninsula. Control continues on invasive weed species, plus periodic control of possum, goat and pig. A weed pest management plan helps prioritise control efforts. 

Open to the public 

Dawkins farm 

Waihopai Valley 

Planting since 1978. Trees integrated into management of the dryland sheep/beef farm, to provide shelter, shade, fodder and amenity values. Radiata used as commercial crop, elsewhere alternative species are used, including poplars for erosion control. 
See video>>

Chris Dawkins
0-3-572 4834 

West Coast (Back to Places to visit contents)
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The Tree Centre 

10 km north of Hokitika 

Pine plantation and surrounding trial species, tall native kahikatea forest and wetland, poplars and willows at river section. 

Michael Orchard
0-3-755 7310 

Thompson/ Danford property 

5 km north of Hokitika 

Pine, cypress and eucalypt woodlots since 1994, fruit trees and crops, lifestyle sheep grazing, QE II native forest covenant. 
See video>>

Susi Thompson and Rob Danford 
0-3-755 8056 

Davidson Property 

4km north of Hokitika 

Sheep farm, exotic woodlots, a range of special species plantings, QE II native forest covenant. 
See video>>

Jack Davidson
0-3-755 8178 

Ferguson property 

30 mins NE of Greymouth 

Large-scale deer, sheep, beef farm. Large indigenous forest sustained yield operation, via a registered plan allowing extraction of one tree per ha per year – about 1000 tonnes a year. Indigenous protected forest covenants, exotic shelterbelts. 10 ha douglas fir approaching 35 years old, 16 ha radiata carbon sink. 

Ken Ferguson
0-3-732 3501 

Gaia Trees 

10km south of Hokitika 

Tree nursery, fruit trees, shelter and coastal shelter. Some timber. Coppicing eucalypts for firewood, other hardwoods for woodturning. Also pollarding as a form of coppicing to keep new growth out of reach of animals. 

Ben Gaia
0-3-755 6641 

Canterbury (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Hanmer Forest 

Outskirts of Hanmer, North Canterbury 

Range of NZ Forest Service trial plantings from the early 1900s onwards. 

Open to the public 

‘Melrose’ station 

Hawarden, N. Canterbury 

Range of species for woodlots and shelterbelts in inland N. Canterbury hill country. 
See video>>

Dugald Rutherford
0-3-314 4180 

Fleming farm 

Mt Grey, N. Canterbury 

Range of species suitable for N. Canterbury. Trees for woodlots, shelterbelts and fodder. 
See video>>

Gary Fleming
0-3-312 9274 

Orton Bradley Park 

Charteris Bay, 

Banks Peninsula 

Orton Bradley planted 150 species from around the globe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As well as amenity values he was interested in the timber potential of a range of trees, from planting through to milling. The arboretum is primarily a conifer collection, and has expanded with experimental plantings in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

Open to the public. Entry fee 

Lake Coleridge Arboretum 

(Harry Hart Arboretum) 

Lake Coleridge 

A collection of conifers in the Canterbury high country first planted by Harry Hart in 1933 to provide shelter for staff working at the Lake Coleridge power station. It was doubled in size mid-1980s, with further expansion mid-1990s. 

Open to the public – but go first to Coleridge Lodge to get the arboretum guide 

‘Silverwood’ 

Hororata 

4ha of experimental sustainable forestry using oak, walnut, wattle, chestnut, cypress, eucalypts, and natives on a cold dryland site. Planting began in 2001, was expanded to include natives in 2006, cypresses in 2009, eucalypts in 2011, and silver wattles in 2012. Chestnut coppicing aimed at sustainably producing naturally durable posts began in 2012. 

Derrick Rooney
0-3-318 0763 

Somerset Farm 

45 km west of Ashburton 

350 ha of flat land, rainfall about 900mm, temperatures range from very cold with snow in winter to hot dry nor’westers in summer. Most fence lines have some form of shelter or shade trees. There are amenity plantings in corners of shelterbelts, around roadside power poles, along laneways and in yard. Wanted to get away from pines (more maintenance, and tend to blow over) and eucalypts (branches often break due to snow and wind). Now over 50 species growing around the farm. 

John and Betty Greenslade 
0-3-303 6076 

Otago (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Stevens property 

Near Balclutha 

A wide range of cypress species clones and provenances planted as a trial block since 1995. 
See video>>

Ken Stephens
03 412 8678 

‘Jolendale’ arboretum 

9 Peterson Place, Alexandra 

A semi-arid arboretum of tree species from around the world on one of the driest sites in Central Otago. QE II covenanted. 

Privately owned but open to the public. 

‘Chardale’ 

20 mins north of Balclutha at Hillend. 

Top example of farm planting, shelter, riparian. Colour themes. 
Please note: Alan no longer owns the property.
See video>>

Alan Roulston
03 418 1581 

Southland (Back to Places to visit contents)
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Milligan farm 

Dipton 

Wide range of eucalypts plus forestry in general. A good autumn brings spectacular colour. 

Graham Milligan
0-3-248 5147 

Purey-Cust property 

10 minutes west of Gore 

A variety of less common plantation species, including eucalypt, poplar, cypress and Nothofagus. 

John Purey-Cust
0-3-208 5200 

SFFA Waimumu demonstration site 

Waimumu, Southland 

An ongoing project for over 20 years, with radiata pine, cypress, willow, eucalypt and natives. Currently in the process of eradicating crack willow. 

John Purey-Cust
0-3-208 5200 

Watson farm 

15 minutes east of Invercargill 

Flat, exposed to salt winds with a coastal sting. Three bad winters in a row with massive loss of lambs was the catalyst to start planting for shelter – originally for sheep, but now benefiting dairy and horticulture. The farm now a pleasant workplace, with shelter, wetlands, plus native and exotic amenity plantings. 

Graeme Watson
0-3-230 4843 

 

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