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Join us in planting the next generation of mighty kauri.

We all know how important native forests are but do you know about our Kauri Regeneration Programme?

This is a long term project initiated and managed by The Kauri Museum to recreate significant stands of kauri on publicly-owned land on the Kaipara Harbour. The project allows people with any sort of connection to the Kaipara to contribute to an environmental project in a way that gives them some sense of involvement and ownership.

• Every donation helps us plant and care for more kauri trees.

Cost of tree & certificate $35

Cost of tree & plaque $250


• We record the location of all planting sites and trees in the Kauri Museum database, and every donor receives a certificate identifying where the kauri, bought with that donation is planted.

• A donation of over 10 trees will receive a plaque at the planting site, with your name and an inscription.

How it Works

• We source available land through liaisons with the Department of Conservation, NZTA, the Kaipara District Council, The Northern Regional Council, local Schools, NZ railways corporation (Kiwi Rail), and Community Organisations, to establish special kauri regeneration planting sites around the Locality.
• The Kauri Museum organises the purchasing and sale of the seedlings, and if necessary prepares the land for planting.
• Then, every autumn, our volunteers carefully plant the seedling trees amongst nursery plants, creating the forests of tomorrow.
• We record the location of all planting sites and trees in the Kauri Museum database, and every donor receives a certificate identifying where the kauri, bought with that donation is planted.
• We, or the custodians of the public property, monitor and maintain all planting sites for at least five years until the trees are established.


Plant a tree for memories of our past, plant a tree in celebration and plant a tree for our children.

If you would like to buy a tree pop into the Kauri Museum shop and buy one at $25.00 or contact the Museum on 09 4317417 or email [email protected] and commit to a donation.

As we are a registered charitable trust your donation may be tax deductible.

Guardians of the kauri story, past present and future.
Ngā kaitiaki ō ngā kauri kōrero; ō nehera, ō wātu me te wāheke.

Did you know?

The kauri tree, Agathisaustralis, is New Zealand’s largest and most famous native tree. The kauri is related to the conifer tree and grows in the subtropical northern part of the North Island.

Ancestors of the kauri first appeared in the Jurassic Period 190 – 135 million years ago. The kauri – podocarp (cone bearing) forests are among the most ancient in the world.

The largest kauri in existence is Tāne Mahuta (Māori for ‘Lord of the Forest’). Tāne Mahuta is 4.4 metres in diameter and 17.7 metres to the first branch.

Our displays show even larger trees which were growing in the past. The oldest tree is estimated to be more than 3,000 years old. This is Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest) in Waipoua Forest. Larger trees from the past were even older!