Kauri Distribution

The kauri grows in the subtropical northern part of the North Island, with a natural range as far as latitude 38 degrees south, roughly on a line joining Tauranga and Kawhia. However kauri are quite hardy and will grow as far south as Stewart Island (47 degrees south). There are planted stands of kauri in New Plymouth and Wellington that have flourished, set seed and produced young seedlings, a tribute to the kauri’s adaptability given the right microclimate.