New Zealand’s Biggest Christmas Tree

This is the biggest Christmas tree in New Zealand.


It can be found in the centre of Hamilton, in the square known as Garden Place, every December.


These photographs were taken yesterday. It was boiling hot. Unblemished blue skies and Christmas trees… I’ve lived in New Zealand for over half my life and still – still – in my mind, these things just don’t mix!

Me for scale

Me for scale

The tree is twenty-seven metres tall – that’s over six storeys high. It certainly looks impressive by the sweltering light of day, but night-time is when it really shines. The official turning on of the lights had to be delayed this year, though, due to bad weather.


I know! The weather’s all over the place at the moment, but that’s spring for you.


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