New Zealand’s oldest oak tree dies at Waimate North


New Zealand’s oldest oak tree came crashing down on Sunday in a paddock at Waimate North. Photo / Peter de Graaf
New Zealand’s oldest oak tree has died at the grand old age of 194.

Peter de Graaf | nzherald

The old oak, in Northland, survived fire, witnessed the emergence of one of New Zealand’s first mission stations and the country’s first European-style farm, lived through the Northern Wars, and was admired by the naturalist Charles Darwin.

Last Sunday, however, a gust of wind proved too much for the venerable old oak, which came crashing down in a paddock at Waimate North, 15km north east of Kaikohe.

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