Forestry in Gisborne

The Gisborne region, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, is perfectly suited to forestry. Its fertile soil and warm, sunny climate mean trees reach full maturity here faster than just about anywhere else in the world.

Kohntrol Forest Services manages 13,770 hectares of forestry in the Gisborne region, where about 160,000 hectares is planted in forest.

Welcome to the sunny East Coast!

The main centre – and the hub of forestry in the region – is Gisborne City. The city has a population of 34,000 people, while the regional population is 46,600.

The region is sheltered by high country to the west and has a dry, sunny climate with a high yearly average of 2,200 sunshine hours. The annual rainfall varies from about 1000mm near the coast to over 2500mm in higher inland country.  This warmer temperate climate makes it ideal for growing a wide variety of tree species.

Excellent forestry infrastructure

The Gisborne forestry industry is supported by well established infrastructure and a busy port where logs are exported in increasing volumes.

The Juken New Zealand mill on the outskirts of Gisborne produces wood products for the export market using locally grown pine.

Major forest owners and managers include Juken New Zealand, Forest Enterprises, Ernslaw One, Hikurangi Forests, Kohntrol Forest Services and PF Olsens.

In the year to June 2010, the Gisborne Port handled over 1 million tonnes of log exports.

The port is undergoing a major development to ensure that it copes with the region’s forestry growth forecast.