Kaingaroa Timberlands is a Major Supplier of Logs


The Kaingaroa Forest, spanning 190,000 ha of plantable land, is one of the crown jewels of international forestry and one of the oldest and largest softwood plantations in the world.

It is recognised worldwide as an intensively tended forest that produces up to 4 million m³ of high quality logs per annum.


The Kaingaroa Forest plantation is owned by Kaingaroa Timberlands, a partnership of investors. Kaingaroa Timberlands is proud to own this fine estate, and as a major supplier of logs to the domestic processing industry and export markets in China, Korea, India and other Pacific Rim countries, Kaingaroa Timberlands seeks to be recognised for excellent customer service and high quality products, as well as a commitment to health and safety, the environment and the community in which we do business.

Kaingaroa Forest estate

Kaingaroa Forest is located between Rotorua and Taupo on the Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand’s central North Island. The first plantings of the forest were at Waiotapu in the early 1900s, and much of the total 190,000 ha of plantable land is now growing its third crop of trees. The majority of the forest is planted on land leased from local Iwi.

The flat terrain and pumice soils create a waterproof forest for year round harvesting, of approximately 4M m³ per annum of radiata pine and small volumes of Douglas fir. This volume is supported by sound infrastructure for road and rail transport and a deep water export port nearby. It is also supported by a well developed processing industry, with sawmills and pulp mills in close proximity.


The Kaingaroa Forest plantation makes up the bulk of Kaingaroa Timberlands’ assets however, other assets include a log processing plant at Kaingaroa, a log yard at Murupara and a nursery at Te Ngae, Rotorua. The Kaingaroa Log Processing Plant is sited in the centre of the Kaingaroa Forest and converts whole-tree stems into logs, using sophisticated scanning and optimising technology.

Products include high value pruned logs used for appearance purposes, structural logs used for building and construction, industrial and utility logs used for packaging and remanufacturing, and pulp logs and residues used for pulp and paper products.

Forest Management

Management of the Kaingaroa Forest is carried out by Timberlands Limited, a stand alone forest management company, who acts on behalf of Kaingaroa Timberlands to plan, implement and manage all forestry operations from tree breeding through to log sales, as well as financial management and compliance.

Forest Steward Council Certification

The management of Kaingaroa Forest by Timberlands Limited, meets the criteria for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. Please refer to the Timberlands Limited website for more information.

The FSC principles and standards of environmental management, which cover ecological, social, economic and cultural considerations, are congruent with Kaingaroa Timberland's values.

FSC is supported and promoted internationally by World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and other prominent non-government organisations. The certification provides an independent and credible guarantee that wood products come from forests which have been managed in accordance with the FSC principles of sustainability.

Forest Access Permits

Timberlands Limited manages access permits on behalf of Kaingaroa Timberlands. Please refer to the Timberlands Limited website for all permit related information.


Rotorua Office
Phone: +0064 7 343 1070
Fax: +0064 7 343 1071
Email: info@tll.co.nz

Kaingaroa Processing Plant
Phone: +0064 7 366 9620
Fax: +0064 7 366 9621

Te Ngae Nursery
Phone:+0064 7 345 6580
Fax: +0064 7 345 6596


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