New Zealand's forests

Find out more about New Zealand’s planted production forests, including area, age class and species, as well as planting and harvesting statistics.

Quick stats

Updated December 2019

  • New Zealand’s net stocked planted production forest covered an estimated 1.697 million hectares as at 1 April 2019.
  • The total planted forest standing volume was estimated to be 495 million cubic metres with an average forest standing age (area weighted) of 17.9 years.
  • The provisional new planting estimate for the year ending 31 December 2019 is 22,000 hectares. This number may be revised in the 2020 NEFD (National Exotic Forest Description).
  • Radiata pine is the dominant species in New Zealand, making up 90% of the planted production forest area.
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