Trees and Vegetation

The Coromandel is one of the most scenic areas in New Zealand due to its dramatic topography and coastline, its native forests, and its relaxed coastal settlements. Trees are an essential element of this character, including such iconic species as the kauri and rewarewa of the mountains to the pohutukawa, puriri and nikau of the coastal forest.

Significant Trees

We have a list of protected trees in the district, which are also called Significant Trees. Significant Tree means any tree listed in ‘Appendix 3 Significant Tree Schedule’ n the Proposed District Plan.

The 'Significant Tree Schedule' lists trees on 21 sites in the District. Twelve of these sites contain a single tree and all the other sites in the schedule have stands of up to five trees, apart from one site in Tairua which contains a stand of twelve trees.  The 'Significant Tree Schedule' includes 46 separate trees, with 32 of the 46 significant trees located on public land. The significant trees are located on sites in Coromandel, Hahei, Kuaotunu West, Tairua, Thames and Te Puru.

The 'Standard Tree Evaluation Method' (STEM) was the assessment technique used by an arborist for the evaluation of selected trees. A 'significant tree' has been included in the Plan where a tree has a STEM points score greater than 170 points.

For maintenance of these trees, our District Plan specifies that you must use Council's approved contractor to do this sort of work. If a Significant Tree on your property needs work call one of these Council-approved arborists to organise it.

  • Asplundh 07-869 0041
  • Treeshapes 0274726627
  • Franklin Trees 09-236 8761
  • Greig Milne Tree Specialist - 021418422
  • Land & Tree Works Ltd 0800 944 848
  • Tree Man Trav 07 867 1474
  • Tricky Trees Ltd  021 240 9909

If you want to register a Significant Tree in the District Plan, please see the FAQ below.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Question Section:

What is a Significant Tree?

Significant Trees are trees that individually or collectively are recognised as an important natural resource because of their history, or contribution to the quality of the environment or amenity values in the District.  

In an 'urban environment' the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) only allows for the protection of trees that fall into these categories, where they have been specifically identified in the District Plan (see RMA Section 76).  

Accordingly, the Significant Tree Schedule found under Appendix 3 of the District Plan recognises and identifies Significant Trees in the Commercial,Industrial, Residential and Recreation Areas. The Significant Tree Rules found in Section 35 of the District Plan provides the resource management framework to manage activities that may impact on them

How do I register a Significant Tree?

Usually if someone wants to list a tree on the Significant Tree Schedule they would need to apply for a private plan change (because the Significant Tree Schedule is part of the District Plan) which would be at their cost.

Trees can also be protected by using a legal mechanism to protect the tree from being felled e.g. a covenant. A covenant would be registered on the title to the property. Alternatively, a Memorandum of Encumbrance can be registered on the title to the property and can provide protection for a tree(s).

If you have an issue with a tree come into one of our offices and talk about it. In many cases there may be professional tree management options that might help. An individual may benefit from this vandalism, but the general ratepayer picks up the cost of tree works. That’s why Council is keen in all cases of tree vandalism, to recover costs.

What are the options for trees on Council land that you perceive block a view?

Dependent upon the tree, species, location, age there are a few things that can be done.

Deadwooding: Most trees are self-pruning and dead wood will drop from the trees, but this does not happen all at once, so by removing wood that is dead, we can improve the health of the tree, let more light through the canopy, and possibly improve views.

Crown thinning: This is like deadwooding, but also includes the removal of live wood as well. This may include the removal of branches that have not formed well, may be rubbing against each other, or may be inherently weak. The benefits or the side effects can be similar to deadwooding.

Crown lifting: This is where the canopy is trimmed to lift it higher. This can be done for many reasons, including public safety; for example, if a tree has branches over a footpath at head height there's a risk of injury.

Power lines clearance: This is generally escalated to Powerco's contractors who need to undertake the work due to the hazardous nature of working near live power cables.

If the tree is dead or believed to be threatening life, property or essential services we will visit the site. The advice of an independent arborist may be sought if the officer believes there is no threat or if there may be objections from other parties to Council action regarding the tree.

Alternatively, contact our Customer Service team on 07 868 0200 or email to talk about trees or launch a request for service on our website: