Here are answers to some commonly asked questions. But if you have anything more specific you need to ask us, just get in touch by clicking here:
When will my tree be planted?
Our main planting season is in the New Zealand winter, autumn and early winter and also in spring. Our summers (November - March) can be too hot and dry in Kaikoura for planting young trees and mid winter (July and August) to cold.
What happens once my tree is planted?
Yes. Each tree is located using a GPS, and you can obtain your GPS location from Trees for Travellers staff or this is recorded on your postcard if you have opted for the GPS upgrade. This information, along with a GPS locator, can be used to find your tree. For an additional fee a Trees for Travellers staff member can help you locate your tree for you.
Please note the terrain where your tree is located is uneven and rocky, as such care is advised when you are attempting to locate a tree. Trees for Travellers can accept no responsibility for any accidents that may occur in the course of locating a tree.
Where are the trees planted?
All our trees are planted on reserve land in and around Kaikoura. This includes but is not limited to Tom's Track, the Cemetery Walk, and part of the Peninsula Track. See the 'our projects' page for more information on these site.
Can I choose my trees location?
Sorry but at this stage you cannot select a specific location for your tree. This is because we are aiming to develop a woodland system so trees need to be planted in the best location to contribute to this.
How are the trees maintained?
Trees for Travellers staff will care for each tree for three or four years to ensure its long term survival. After this it should be string enough to grown by itself. This means they will be protected from predators and frost, and long grass will be removed as needed. Trees are checked regularly for their health and action taken as required.
What happens if my tree dies?
Very occasionally some of the trees we have planted will die due to weather, disease or predators etc. We undertake to replace dead or diseased trees once in the first year after planting. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to replace trees more often than this however.
What about landslides etc?
On a very occasion we had a landslip on one of our project sites resulting in several trees being lost. If the tree is in its first year of planting it will be replaced as per the above question. Again as explained above however we do not have the resources to replace trees beyond this commitment and the registration will be removed.
The large trees for the high canopy of the forest includes species like Totara, Rimu and Beech. To make sure the tree is right for the planting site we will select an appropriate tree species on your behalf. You will be informed of the species once the tree has been planted and recorded.
Small tree species make up the lower canopy trees within the forest and include some beautiful species such as the Cabbage Tree and Kowhai with its stunning flowers. To make sure the plant is right for the planting site, we will select a small tree species on your behalf. You will be informed of the species once your tree has been planted and recorded.