Kirimoko Subdivision, Wanaka

With elevated mountain and lake views, the Kirimoko subdivision in Wanaka has the kind of refined excellence that if you were to drive around it by accident, you’d soon find yourself at a nearby cafe, your smartphone loaded with property pages as you check the house prices.  

A vital part of that appeal is that whilst an undeniably new subdivision, the trees planted create an established feel.  Doing this fosters a sense of belonging.  It’s akin to that feeling you get when you’ve moved homes and finally unpack.  There are always those little ornaments, pictures and possessions that signify you are home.  Until these are unpacked and on display, something’s not quite right.  Just as those possessions make you feel at home, these trees make the subdivision feel right.

One of those trees evoking that sense of belonging is the Liriodendron tulipifera – Tulip Tree.  A hardy tree with variegated foliage, it’s known for cup shaped tulip-like flowers that appear in spring.  The glossy green foliage is margined with yellow, which spreads to take over primary display duties in Autumn.  It makes for a handsome tree that’s ideal for shade or as a specimen tree.  One can easily imagine bikes resting against its trunk on a hot summer’s day, children taking the opportunity to rest in its shadow for a few moments before the day’s shenanigans begin once again.

Elsewhere, Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ – upright Oak, brings some prestige and stature.  The branches grow in sharp, narrow angles to the trunk, making a statement without overpowering the immediate vicinity.

Also featured in the subdivision is Platanus acerifolia – London plane.  These are joined by the native Pseudopanax crassifolium – native lancewood and Sophora – Kowhai trees.  When combined, the trees each bring a differentiated look.  It helps to reduce a planned appearance and makes the subdivision feel orderly, yet organic and comfortable at the same time.