A nursery by the sea
Directly opposite the famous Poor Knights Islands on one of the most eastern points of New Zealand’s North Island is the native garden and nursery of Tawapou Coastal Natives. Located between Tutukaka and Matapouri the nursery welcomes visitors throughout the year.
Tawapou is set among mature native trees on a 350 acre coastal farm that includes some of the best examples of lowland Pohutukawa in the country. It is unquestionably a unique situation and superb environment to grow and display coastal NZ native plants.Owner Guy Bowden grew up on the property and has been passionate about NZ native plants all his life. His interest was kindled by his conservationist parents who began protecting sections of native bush and pohutukaka on the cliffs of the property over forty years ago.
Guy and his wife Sandra know the native plants that are suitable for challenging conditions, low rainfall, wind, salt spray and poor soil. They have an extensive range of native plants and are specialists in coastal and northern offshore island plants.
They have the largest collection of planted and container grown Xeronema callistemon (Poor Knights Lily) in the world.
Pohutukawa Coast trees available
Whangarei District Council and Refining NZ are once again giving away 1,400 young Pohutukawa and 400 Kauri trees, free to keen growers. Also available for the third year are 500 Northland Hebe, 400 Flax, 400 Kowhai, 100 Coprosma sp and 100 Pseudopanax.
Pohutukawa Coast was originally set up in 1991 to help re-establish young Pohutukawa trees along our coastline. The trees and shrubs have all been grown especially by Tawapou Coastal Natives. The total number of trees distributed to different regions around Whangarei since the project begun is now 50,500.
There is a limit of two plants per ratepayer to ensure they are evenly distributed. If you represent a large community group you can leave contact details with co-coordinators and if plants remain at completion of programme more plants can be made available to you.
Residents in the Whangarei area should contact Botanica 09 430 4200, Southern residents may collect trees from Nola McCullough on 09 432 8332, and people living on the north-east coast can collect from Allan Willis on 09 436 2808, residents in the Tutukaka area wishing to take part in this programme are able to collect free trees from Tawapou Coastal Natives. The programme runs from 10th June 2013.