pohutukawa flowers NZ



POHUTUKAWA (Metrosideros excelsa) is often called the New Zealand Christmas tree because it has red flowers and it blooms at Christmas time in New Zealand.

The name pohutukawa translated means “drenched with mist”, or, “sprayed by mist”.

It’s an awesome sight to see these trees flowering, especially along the coastline which is a favourite place for these trees to grow clinging precariously to the cliffs.

Original owners of Coast to Coast Tours has a Pohutukawa tree at the front of their Homestead.
……“When Stuart’s mother first arrived at Motutara Homestead in 1922, her father gave her a pohutukawa tree as a gift.
She planted it in our front yard, and today the tree is a magnificent specimen.
We refer to this tree as our “Big Lady” and every December our family has a competition as to who will be the first person to spot the first flowers to appear!
– (“She” is fairly regular at flowering Christmas week)”.

Because of this connection with the pohutukawa tree, Donna & Stu included it in the design of the Coast to Coast Tours logo

Pohutukawa tree on Auckland Coast to Coast Tours

Pohutukawa trees flower for 4-5 weeks, …and then the flower (filaments) drop to the ground…….we call this red snow !!!

filaments from the pohutukawa tree flowers

The pohutukawa grows abundantly in the Muriwai area, and if you visit Muriwai Beach on one of our Auckland tours during the Christmas period, then you are sure to see a glorious sight.

The honey from the pohutukawa is almost pure white in colour and very delicately flavoured… Do try some when we take you for honey-tasting!