Arbor Day Planting

Arbor Day (5th June) is a day where people are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Arbor Day originated in the United States but is celebrated around the world.

NZ Arb plans to organise and promote Arbor Day planting events across the length of the country annually.

Each year, Arbor Day goes from strength to strength and we encourage everyone (members and the public) to get involved in this great day.

If you want to get involved in Arbor Day planting events this year, please contact admin@nzarb.org.nz

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History in New Zealand

New Zealand’s first Arbor Day planting was on 3 July 1890 at Greytown, in the Wairarapa. The first official celebration took place in Wellington in August 1892, with the planting of pohutukawa and Norfolk pines along Thorndon Esplanade.

Since 1977, New Zealand has celebrated Arbor Day on June 5, which is also World Environment Day. Previously, Arbor Day was celebrated on August 4 – which is rather late in the year for tree planting in New Zealand. (Source: Wikipedia)


Encouraging, fostering, improving and educating in all aspects of arboriculture throughout New Zealand.