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Planting guides

Select and plant native trees and shrubs that suit your local area and climate

Native trees and shrubs can have many benefits, including aesthetical, ecological and economical. They aid farming operations, provide food and shelter for native birds, reduce erosion and much more.

The Waikato region has through time lost many of its native trees and shrubs, and this has in turn affected our wildlife. By planting local trees and shrubs you can, among many things, increase the value of your land, provide winter food for tui, kereru and bellbirds, and preserve and rebuild the natural character of your local landscape.

Get planting!

>> Click here to view a list of native plant nurseries in the Waikato region.

What to plant in central volcanic plateau ecological region

The central volcanic plateau comprises two adjoining ecological districts. The Taupo ecological district stretches from Taupo to Turangi, occupying the basin beween the Hauhungaroa range and the foothills of the Kaimanawa ranges. Atiamuri ecological district is centred on the southern Waikato hydro lakes, bordered by the towns of Whakamaru, Horohoro, Reporoa and Taupo.

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What to plant in Coromandel ecological region

This guide is for the Coromandel Peninsula, including the northern side of Waihi Beach, crossing west including the Karangahake Gorge almost to Paeroa, following the eastern bank of the Waihou River north to Thames. It includes coastal, lowland and hill country environments.

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What to plant in Maungatautari ecological district

This guide is for the hilly land of Tahuna, Scotsman’s Valley, Richmond Downs, Te Miro, Whitehall, Horahora and Maungatautari, and the lowlands of Piarere, Karapiro, Tauwhare and Kiwitahi.

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Planting natives in the Waikato region


This general planting guide will help you choose and find what to plant and how to plan and implement your planting. Topics covered include the importance of ecosourcing, site preparation, selecting quality plants, planting techniques and maintenance after planting. It also provides you with information on useful internet sites and further reading.

The focus of this planting guide is on forest species.

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Cover image. Click here to read or download this guide. [PDF, 12 MB]

Native planting programme

Plant beautiful New Zealand natives for better soil conservation, biodiversity
and water quality!

This booklet will help you to choose the right native plants for your location and climate.

Click here to read or download this guide. [PDF, 12 MB]

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