The University of Auckland Gardens

Find out about the history of the conservation area of the University of Auckland's grounds.

At 41,500 square metres, the Conservation Area makes up the majority of what is referred to as Sector 100 – an area of the City Campus bordered by Waterloo Quadrant and Princes, Alfred and Symonds Streets. It has more than 400 trees, most of which are considered “mature” and greater than 10 metres in height – two of the more important variables in the world of carbon offsetting.

The best performer is the Norfolk Island Pine which stands tall at the eastern end of the lawns of Old Government House. It stores approximately five per cent of the total carbon content estimated for the entire Conservation Area.

This video features interviews with the University of Auckland’s Grounds and Precinct Manager – Stanley Jones, Dr Neil Mitchell – School of Environment, and Garden Historian John Adam. Film and music by students of the University of Auckland.

Read about a carbon-offsetting project with the University of Auckland’s Grounds.

Discover more about the history of the University of Auckland