The Queenstown Lakes District Council will install
information plaques to outline the history of some of the
district's distinctive trees this year.
Parks technical officer Gordon Bailey said 19th century
pioneers had left living legacies of exotic trees across the
district, many of which had been officially recognised on the
New Zealand Tree Register.
Many were on council-owned reserves and listed in the
council's district plan, giving added protection, he said.
The national database included Queenstown's often
photographed ''Trees of Justice'' near the Queenstown
The sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) were
understood to have been planted outside the courthouse around
1876 by Phillip Boult, clerk of the Lake County Council.
According to the description in the register, Mr Boult
decided Queenstown should copy the American tradition of
planting trees outside the courthouse to provide shade for
those attending court.
A cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) planted by Bendix
Hallenstein at his Speargrass Flat estate, Thurlby Domain, in
the 1870s was recognised in the register as the tallest of
its species anywhere in New Zealand, while a sequoia in
Highview Tce on Queenstown Hill was recognised as the largest
exotic conifer in New Zealand.
The tree - also known as a giant redwood or wellingtonia -
was thought to have been planted in about 1870 and is 45.4m