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Ian McKean Pinetum

Discover the largest collection of conifers in the Southern Hemisphere at Ian McKean Pinetum.


Ian McKean was a third-generation sheep and beef farmer whose real passion was growing and planting conifers (cone-bearing) trees. So much so, that the pinetum he began in 1958 is now home to more than 1500 trees planted across 14 hectares of rugged hill-country on the McKean family farm. With well-defined walking tracks, a gazebo to picnic in, and spectacular views of the mighty Mt Ruapehu, you can easily spend a few hours exploring and marveling at this collection of trees.

Today the pinetum is part of Queen Elizabeth II Trust and open for everyone to enjoy.

A pinetum is a collection of trees that have been planted for ornamental or scientific purposes and it’s pronounced pine-ee-tum.

Physical Address

The Pinetum is between Rangiwahia and Apiti. Turn into Renfrew Road at the Y intersection at Te Parapara Road and Main South Road. About 200m down the road the entrance to the Ian McKean Pinetum will be on the left. Park your car on the side of the road, cross over the stile into farmland and walk down the fence line, until you see an amazing collection of conifers stretching out in front of you.

Contact us

​Alexander Robertson
+64 27 252 5393

Other Important Info

The terrain is fairly sloped, but there are many easy walking tracks, with seating, picnic tables and a gazebo for a picnic.
There are no toilet facilities.
Access is free, but please respect the land – do not leave any rubbish behind.

Please note this information should be used as a guide only. To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.