020406080100New land planted in production forest in New Zealand1921–2019, thousands of hectaresProvider: Ministry for Primary Industries19211935194919631977199120052019

New land planted in production forest in New Zealand

1921–2019, thousands of hectares


Values are rounded to the nearest thousand.
Until 1987, the statistics were compiled by the New Zealand Forest Service. The figures for 1988 to 1991 are estimates from NEFD surveys. The figures from 1992 onwards are based on nursery surveys undertaken by the Ministry for Primary Industries and predecessor agencies which are reviewed when NEFD survey data are received and revices as appropriate.


Afforestation: The planting of trees for the primary purpose of producing wood or wood fibre, on land that has not previously been used for growing planted production forests.
Forest area: Net stocked planted production forest area.
Net stocked forest area: The planted production forest area occupied by trees, excluding mappable gaps such as landings, roads and other unstocked areas.

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Data provided by

Ministry for Primary Industries

Dataset name

National Exotic Forest Description 2020



How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'National Exotic Forest Description 2020' > 'Download the 2020 NEFD tables'.
Some sheets were combined by Figure.NZ for processing purposes.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: National Exotic Forest Description 2020

From the dataset National Exotic Forest Description 2020, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Table 9
  • Range: C9:C107
  • Provided: 99 data points

This data forms the table Forestry - New land planted in production forest 1921–2019.

Dataset originally released on:

December 18, 2020

About this dataset

The National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) provides a detailed description of New Zealand’s planted production forest to help with resource policy planning and industry development.

Purpose of collection

To maintain an authoritative, high quality database of New Zealand’s production forests.

Method of collection/Data provider

The NEFD surveys known forest owners and managers with at least 40 hectares of planted exotic production forest. The survey is run on a two-yearly cycle, where all known forest owners with 40 or more hectares of forest are surveyed one year (census), and the next year only owners with more than 1,000 hectares (sample).