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The Walking Tree: Discover the 2024 Tree of the Year in Karamea, New Zealand

The New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) has announced The Walking Tree as the winner of the 2024 Tree of the Year New Zealand award. This northern rātā (Metrosideros robusta), nestled near the Karamea Cemetery, has captured the hearts and imaginations of New Zealanders with its unique appearance and fascinating life story.

Nominated by Bryan Bell, The Walking Tree stands out with its extraordinary form and captivating presence. With twin trunks that appear as if in mid-stride, this tree has earned the affectionate nickname “The Walking Tree” for its resemblance to Tolkien’s Ents. It secured over 42% of the total votes, making it the clear favourite in the competition, which saw voting participation more than double from last year.

The northern rātā, one of New Zealand’s tallest flowering trees, starts its life as an epiphyte high in the forest canopy on another host tree. Over time, its roots reach the ground, enveloping the original host. These majestic trees can live up to 1,000 years, and the age of The Walking Tree north of Karamea remains a mystery.

Sponsored by Delta and supported by the NZ Notable Trees Trust and the New Zealand Tree Register, the 2024 Tree of the Year campaign celebrates trees that are integral to New Zealand’s natural heritage and communities.

The Walking Tree

Richie Hill, president of NZ Arb, emphasized the significance of trees like The Walking Tree in our communities, enhancing local environments and providing a sense of place across generations. Heath Milne, chief executive of Development West Coast, called The Walking Tree won a fantastic recognition of the natural wonders on the West Coast, inviting everyone to visit Karamea and witness this unique tree in person.

The Walking Tree stands as a testament to the diversity and uniqueness of New Zealand’s notable tree population. Its win is not just an accolade but a call to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us. Visit Karamea and experience The Walking Tree’s charm and majesty for yourself!

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Disclaimer: Educational purpose blog with no commercial use intended.

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