The tree's Maori name means "Father of the Forest". Although not as massive or tall as its neighbour Tāne Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere is much stouter, with a girth (circumference) just over 16 metres (52.5 feet). As such it has possibly the greatest trunk circumference of any tree in the Southern Hemisphere. There is no proof of the tree’s age, but it is estimated to be close to 2000 years old. The tree is a remnant of the ancient rain forest that once grew on the North Auckland Peninsula.
Its measurements are;
Trunk Girth 16.41 m, Trunk Height 10.21 m, Total Height 29.9 m, Trunk Volume 208.1 m3
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