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He Rā Rākau Tītapu – King Charles III Coronation Plantings

On the weekend of 6 and 7 May, local councils across New Zealand planted native trees as part of He Rā Rākau Tītapu – King Charles III Coronation Plantings.

A national event was held at the Auckland Domain, on the lawn beneath Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, at 1pm on Sunday 7 May. The public were invited to the family-friendly celebration with performances, free ice cream and sapling giveaways.

A list of civic tree-planting events around Aotearoa New Zealand is below. Please contact your local council for further details of the events. 

Town Location Date
Whangārei Laurie Hall Park 9 May, 3pm
Auckland Auckland Domain 7 May, 1pm
Thames Victoria Park 6 May, 10am
Ngatea Hugh Hayward Domain 11 May
Paeroa Paeroa Domain 11 May
Waihi Victoria Park 11 May
Te Aroha Te Aroha Domain 7 May, 10am
Morrinsville Morrinsville Library 6 May, 9am
Matamata Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre 6 May, 10am
Hamilton Ancestral Walk, Hamilton Gardens 6 May, 8am
Tauranga The Historic Village 6 May, 11am
Cambridge Victoria Square 6 May, 9am
Te Awamutu Victoria Park 6 May, 11am
Te Puke Jubilee Park 6 May, 9.30am
Ōmokoroa Gerald Crapp Reserve 6 May, 11.30am
Katikati Diggelmann Park 6 May, 1.30pm
Whakatāne Margaret Mahy Ct 6 May, 8am
Ōpōtiki Moody Place Reserve 6 May, 10am
Kawerau Boyce Park 6 May, 3pm
Rotorua Kuirau Park 4 May, 8.30am
Tirau Tirau Domain 6 May, 11am
Ōtorohanga Windsor Park 6 May, 10am
Te Kuiti Redwood Park 6 May, 11am
Taupō Tongariro South Domain 6 May, 9am
Taradale Centennial Park 5 May, 8.30am
Hastings Cornwall Park  
Waipukurau A'Deane Park 7 May, 11am
Woodville Fountaine Square 6 May, 10.30am
Palmerston North Victoria Esplanade 6 May, 11am
Levin Thompson House Park 6 May, 11am
Masterton Queen Elizabeth Park 6 May, 10am
Carterton Sparks Park 6 May, 9am
South Wairarapa Lake Domain Reserve 6 May, 2pm
Waikanae Ferndale Reserve 3 May, 10.30am
Porirua Aotea Lagoon Rose Garden 6 May, 8am
Lower Hutt Riddiford Gardens 7 May, 9am
Wellington Treehouse, Wellington Botanic Gardens 6 May, 2pm
Nelson Queens Gardens 6 May, 10am
Blenheim Seymour Square 6 May, 11am
Reefton King George Park 6 May, 11am
Greymouth Grey District Council Grounds  
Hokitika Cass Square  
Amberley Eastern Reserve 5 May, 2pm
Prebbleton Kahaka Reserve 10 May, 12pm
Ashburton Royal Lawn, Ashburton Reserve 6 May, 9am
Alexandra Pioneer Park 5 May, 10am
Timaru Timaru Botanic Gardens 6 May, 11am
Waimate Knottingley Park & Arboretum 6 May, 11am
Ōamaru Ōamaru Public Gardens 6 May, 10am
Ōmarama Ōmarama Memorial Hall 6 May, 10am
Palmerston Palmerston Centennial Park 6 May, 11am
Queenstown Queenstown Gardens 6 May, 10am
Dunedin Dunedin Botanic Garden 6 May, 11am
Balclutha Clutha District Council grounds 4 May, 12.45pm
Invercargill Queens Park 6 May, 11am


Coronation illuminations

Buildings and landmarks across Aotearoa New Zealand were lit up in purple lights over the Coronation weekend. Below is a selection of locations.



  • Parliament Buildings
  • Michael Fowler Centre
  • Wellington East Girls College

Other towns, including Dunedin, Hawera and Gore, also had illuminations over the weekend.

Gun salutes

The New Zealand Defence Force fired gun salutes from Devonport and Point Jerningham, Wellington, at midday on Sunday 7 May to acknowledge the Coronation.

Other Coronation events

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul Coronation Festival
  • Coronation Concert: Organ recital with Colin Andrews - Friday 5 May at 6pm
  • Cathedral Choir, Vic Voices & brass ensemble performing Coronation musicSaturday 6 May 6 at 6pm 
  • Screening of King Charles III Coronation Sunday 7 May time TBC
  • Coronation Evensong followed by high teaSunday 7 May at 4pm 
Auckland Holy Trinity Cathedral Coronation Celebration

A service in Auckland celebrating the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral at 5pm on Sunday 7 May. The service is being organised by the Cathedral and Auckland City Council.

A Coronation Sing-in!

Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Napier celebrates the coronation of King Charles III with a right royal sing-in on Saturday 29 April, including grand anthems and hymns sung at previous coronations of British Kings and Queens.

Coronation Celebration at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts 

The Academy has invited artists to submit fine artworks for this special exhibition to mark the Coronation and continue a long tradition of artists commemorating moments in history. On show in Wellington from 21 April to 21 May 2023.

South Taranaki LibraryPlus Coronation events

Visit the Eltham, Kaponga, Hawera or Pātea LibraryPlus locations between 1-6 May for a range of Coronation events. Activities include high teas, Craft a Crown, story time, and a 'Remembering the Royals' Senior Hour.

Ceremonial tree planting at Glenside - The Halfway

Planting at historic Halfway House Heritage Garden, Glenside Reserve, Glenside, Wellington at 10.30am on 6 May.

Last updated: 
Friday, 31 March 2023

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