Total stock of exotic forest planted in New Zealand

By ownership type, 1953–2016, thousands of hectares


Forest area: Net stocked planted production forest area

Limitations of the data

New planted area: Prior to 1950, only five-year average annual estimates are available.
Total planted forest areas: the total planted forest areas have been estimated independently from new planted forest areas. The total planted forest areas are not the accumulated sums of new forest planting.
Prior to 1987, "State" refers principally to the forests planted or managed by the New Zealand Forest Service. Since 1987, "State" refers primarily to the forests owned or managed by State-owned enterprises and West Coast and Maori lease forests managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries. Since 1990 much of the State forest has been sold to the Private sector. These sales include: 1990/91, 249 000 hectares; 1992, 97 000 hectares; 1996, 170 000 hectares; and 2000, 10 000 hectares.
Private afforestation figures are based on incomplete historical data, and considerable estimation has taken place.

Changes to data collection/processing

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 of Forestry, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Data provided by

Ministry for Primary Industries

Dataset name

National Exotic Forest Description: 9.1-9.2 Plantings by area 2016


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Tables 9.1 - 9.9' from under the 'National Exotic Forest Description' heading. Note that this data has been collated and formatted by MPI for Figure.NZ, so the data available to download from our site is different to that available on MPI's website.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: National Exotic Forest Description: 9.1-9.2 Plantings by area 2016

From the dataset National Exotic Forest Description: 9.1-9.2 Plantings by area 2016, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-217
  • Column: 4
  • Provided: 216 data points

This data forms the table Forestry - Planted production forest area 1921–2016.

About this dataset

The national exotic forest description provides a detailed description of New Zealand’s planted production forest to help with resource policy planning and industry development.

Method of collection/Data provider

Provisional estimates of new planting are compiled from a combination of information collected in a supplementary phone survey of selected large forest owners and managers.