15. Kahikatea Dacrycarpus dacrydoides

Family: Podocarpaceae


A New Zealand native, once called White Pine (not that it is a pine). Once the dominant tree in lowland and wetland NZ it is the tallest of our native trees. A good stand of kahikatea can be seen at Gordon's Bush about 3km out of town along No 3 Line. The timber is white and odourless and was used for boxes containing butter in the early days of butter exporting. Permits must now be obtained to harvest kahikatea and then only if sustainable practices are used.