Chatham Island Nikau Rhopalostylis sapida 'Chathamica'

Supremely attractive and iconic

The world’s most Southerly grown palm is our own Chatham Nikau.
A stunningly attractive option for the coast, it fits into a contemporary landscape design with ease.
The Chatham Nikau is proving itself to be the hardiest to frost and drought of the Nikau varieties and species.
It is arguably the fastest growing variety as well.
A must have for all palm enthusiasts.

  • Excellent for all coastal areas
  • High tolerance for wind, dry summers, poor soils (excluding clay)
  • Takes a moderate frost ( down to – 3 celcius max. before damaging)
  • The cleanest and tidiest looking of all Nikau
  • 12-15 years before trunk development happens

Please read this before you consider purchasing a wrapped/400 litre/1000 litre mature tree from us.

Viewing trees

We strongly recommend visiting our site to view our wrapped, 400 litre and 1000 litre selections.

Asking for quotes including freight

We have handed the responsibility for obtaining a hiab quote back to the customer. This is mainly because we get mucked around so much by dreamers who do not consider their access or budget when they contact us.
We do not supply freight movement as part of the tree purchase price. This is an independent contractor and they are paid by you separately from the tree you purchase from us.

We recommend Kyle at SkyHooksNZ on 021 404 331 or Pete on 021 884 919. They have moved many of our trees around the North Island.

The mature trees are as priced on the website. There is no trade price. They are in very scarce supply so demand is high. The mature trees have their heights displayed both in the price list columns and also under their individual photos. Add those prices to the freight quote price you get from our recommended hiab operators and you will get a very good idea of overall cost.

Logistics of moving, planting and access

The wrapped trees we sell are large (up to 6 metres high) and heavy (from 300kg – 800kg).
Only some of them can be transported on our freight specialists truck around the country. The others require a hiab truck to freight.
All of them need you to think carefully about your own residential access and ability to place the tree into its site. There’s no way 3-4 strong blokes can lift a 300kg tree down stairs (or up stairs) through a gateway or across a gangway.
There will be injuries to either people or tree attempting to do this.

You can plant a 400 litre tree into a minimum space of 2 metres square. You can plant a 1000 litre or one of our wrapped trees into a minimum space of 2.5 metres square. Please consider this before you contact us.

The hiab we recommend has a maximum reach of 6-7 metres. At this reach the loading capacity reduces to 200kg (at the end of the crane). At a 1-2 metre reach the loading will be 1 tonne. The ability for the hiab to get right alongside where the tree is to be planted is important and in the case of a 600kg-1 tonne tree.

Soil type

Kentia and Sentry palms do not like clay. If you dig a hole into a shallow clay pan you will end up with a swimming pool type situation where the tree roots and root ball will be sitting in an endlessly wet situation. Your tree will die eventually. Please address your soil type PRIOR to contacting us specifically for Kentia or Sentry palms.

Costs of freight with hiab

A hiab trip from our nursery here in Te Puke to a simple to access site in Auckland will be approximately $700 plus GST. A round trip over 500 km will cost more.

Of course, the beauty of using a hiab for the movement is that the tree can go straight into your predug hole at your site. That saves money and time in the long run.

Recommended contacts for hiab movement of our trees

We have handed the responsibility for obtaining a hiab quote back to the customer. We recommend Kyle at SkyHooksNZ on 021 404 331 or Pete on 021 884 919. They have moved many of our trees around the North Island.

We will provide hole dimensions when needed but its easy enough to work out the scale of the hole required when the photos of the mature grades are studied. There is a person in the photos of these for scale.

Grade Height Indication Price Available Order
PB6.5 (3.6 litre) 60cm $45 100
5.5 litre pot 50cm $75 20
9.5 litre pot 65cm $145 5
PB18 (10 litre grade) 70cm $195 16
35 litre 80cm $285 2
45 litre 80cm $325 8
60 litre 110cm $415 2
135 litre 190cm $1575 5
wrapped 300cm $2850 1
All prices are in NZ$ and GST inclusive but exclude freight (if applicable).
  • Full sun.
  • High wind tolerant.
  • Will manage frosts to -3C.
  • Grows to a height of 10 metres (approx).
  • Requires little moisture and is drought tolerant.
  • Manages coastal conditions well. Salt spray will cause minimal marking.
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