We are a team of passionate, qualified arborists, providing all aspects of tree work including tree pruning, tree removal, hedge trimming, section clearing, scrub mulching and mulch supply from our home base in Warkworth, to the wider Rodney and North Auckland region. We care about trees and work hard to revolutionise the New Zealand tree services industry through innovation, education and quality workmanship. Our friendly, professional crew and fully insured for your protection with an excellent safety record.



Trees offer many benefits such as shade, erosion control, wildlife, birds and privacy just to name a few. Tree pruning should be the first consideration when looking at managing trees in Auckland’s urban environment.  Tree kings mission is to help manage these trees for our clients so everyone can enjoy them.


Tree Kings tree removal teams are highly skilled climbing arborists and groundsmen. Tree removal can be very dangerous and should only be undertaken by experts.  Our skilled ropeman and cutting edge machinery means we can deal to all trees safely and efficiently with zero impact to surrounding structures.  We have $5,000,000 public liability insurance for everyone’s piece of mind.  All crew on site are qualified arborists or under apprenticeships.  Don’t attempt tree removal yourselves please call the Tree King experts it often is not as expensive as you think.

When a tree is removed you will be left with the stump still slightly above ground level. With our specialised stump grinding equipment we grind the stump and surface roots below ground level.  A standard grind of 100mm below ground is plenty for grassing an area or you can request complete removal of stump and surface roots.  Complete removal can be necessary when replanting in the same area or when building on a site.

Tree Kings new ‘Mega Mulch’ is a premium product that we have created from regrinding our  Arborist Mulch.  We put the aged mulch through a machine that uses screens to screen out the larger material and regrinding it leaving you with a finer uniformed product.

The secret to having a thick lush hedge is regular maintenance and trimming.  Regular trimming encourages new growth.  Hedges need light to grow, this can be achieved by thinning or reducing your hedge to stimulate growth in certain areas.  Depending on the species of hedge depends on how regularly they will need to be trimmed.  Regular hedge trimming dosnt just keep your property looking spic and span it is often no more expensive than only attacking it once every couple of years.  Unruly hedges are often much harder to deal to and can be an expensive process to get back under control.


Whether a residential section or a commercial site, we can clear the entire area of all undesirable trees and vegetation, including stumps. We use a variety of specialised tools including large branch chippers, mulching tractors, stump grinders and diggers to achieve this.

Palm trimming should generally be carried out at least once a year, sometimes more frequently to avoid damage from dead fronds when they fall off.  Palms shed fronds naturally as they grow and is not a sign that the tree is sick or dying.

We can trim any species of palm including smooth tall Queen palms and the spikey Phoenix palm.  Our skilled arborists can scale even the tallest palms without the need for a cherry picker.

Bamboo can take over a garden overnight and can be extremely hard to get on top of.  Tree King are experts in bamboo removal.  Our specialist disk chippers chip bamboo up finely enough that often there is no need to pay expensive tip fees.  We can even recycle this product by mixing it with other arborist mulch.

Tree King are all about sustainability and doing what we can to care for Auckland’s Urban Forest.  What better way to give back and help us with this cause than by planting a tree or hedgerow?  Our arborists can advise on what to plant, source the trees for you and then do the heavy work of planting them.  Once planted young trees need care so they can grow into large healthy specimens without the risk of having to be cut down due to poor branch structure.  Ask us about our maintenance plans and how we can help maintain these trees into the future.


Warkworth Santa parade

Sunday 3rd of December saw the Tree King Warkworth team take part in the Warkworth Santa parade. With kids and dogs in tow the team braved the rain and joined many other local businesses in the parade through Warkworth.  It was awesome to see such a great turnout and seeing so many people getting into the Christmas spirit. A massive thank you to Bonnie (our lovely lady at the end of the phone) for organising our float and putting this together.  We hope everyone in the community has a great Christmas and New Year and we look forward to working with you again in 2024.






National Certificate in Arboriculture (Level 4 – Advanced)
Workplace assessor in Arboriculture

Luke started his arboricultural career straight out of school nearly 20 years ago in the UK where he made a name for himself as the youngest ever crew leader at First Call Trees. In 2008 he brought his skills and experience to New Zealand to broaden his career as an arborist.

Joining Tree King in 2010, he worked tirelessly to help establish the operation as one of Auckland’s most well-known and respected arboricultural firms, becoming the proud owner in 2017. When Luke is not quoting or working hard on the business he enjoys getting amongst the team and spending time on site training and upskilling the crews, even making an appearance in his harness every now and again.

Tree King has now become one of the leaders in New Zealand arboriculture, specialising in residential and commercial tree care. Luke, with the help and support from his team, strives to create an employee and customer experience that is second to none.

General Manager
NZIM Diploma in Management

Nicky has played an integral role in the administrative functions of Tree King since the company’s inception. Appointed General Manager at the beginning of 2023, she comes from a corporate background spanning industries such as security, health insurance, banking, in-home childcare, and building supplies.

With a diploma in management, Nicky is passionate about making Tree King a great place to work and the positive effect this has on customer experience.

When she’s not at work Nicky enjoys bushwalking with her dog, watching her son play sport, and exploring new places.

What do you like about the arboriculture industry?
I like the way arborists and others in the industry are passionate about what they do, it’s not just a job.

What has been your most memorable experience at Tree King?
I’ve enjoyed helping to develop process improvements and watching the business grow.

Admin Assitant
Bonnie joined the team in early 2022. Bonnie is the person ready to assist at the other end of the 0800 number. Keeping it in the family, Bonnie’s partner Jon is one of our crew leaders/quote managers!

Bonnie has worked in the early childhood sector, car sales and most recently ventured overseas as a Northern Lights tour guide in Canada!

Bonnie will be working alongside Nicky to help look after your customer needs from booking quotes to fixing issues that may arise, Bonnie looks forward to talking to you when we next hear from you!

Business Support Manager

National Certificate in Arboriculture (Level 4)
Workplace assessor in Arboriculture
Bachelor of Business Studies – Enterprise Developement
Master of Business Studies with Distinction in Management

James is a qualified arborist with over 15 years experience in the industry. He lives in Warkworth and enjoys working locally in the community. He is in charge of the day to day running of our Warkworth branch. James also runs our heavy machinery such as the Terex scrub mulcher and grapple digger. James is not afraid to get his hands dirty and you will often find him getting stuck in working alongside the crew on your job.

Additionally, James has a keen academic interest in the business side of the industry. In 2021 he completed his thesis Skill Mismatches and Labour Shortages in the New Zealand Arboriculture Industry and has presented on this topic at the national conferences and the International society of Arboriculture (ISA). He is part of the Careers working group at the New Zealand Arboriculture Association (NZArb) and contributes to the development of our business and people processes here at Tree King.

Arborist Crew Leader

Alistair joined the Warkworth team early 2020 from a background in stage rigging and events. His interest in the outdoors brought him to arboriculture after completing a 3 month internship in forest gardening and nursery production at the Koanga Institute, Hawkes Bay.

Previously employed as part of the gardening team at the Sculptureum in Matakana, Alistair has a great eye-for-detail and can prune a tree to a standard which is second-to-none. Despite a relatively short time working in arboriculture, Ally has progressed very quickly, becoming one of our top climbers.

What made you choose Tree King?
Funny story, I was initially rejected as the position in which I applied for was an experienced climber. Fast-track several months later, I got my foot in the door via a mural friend of James and I. Needless to say, I never let Luke forget that he rejected me at first. The thing I like most about working for Tree King is the comradery. We are all like family to each other and it’s a great feeling knowing that even our grumpy Uncle Andrew will go out his way to help a brother or sister out.

What do you like most about arb?
For me it’s the whole package. I’m really interested in the way trees behave and communicate as social creatures within an ecosystem, utilising the microbes in the soil to connect and support each other. I also love the adrenaline of swinging around in trees with a chainsaw at hand. I find nothing more satisfying than fine pruning a tree or shrub to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

What did you do before you were at Tree King? Do you ever draw on any of these skills for your arb work?
I spent most of my life working in the events industry in London. I’ve also done garden work and have a passion for permaculture. I hold a permaculture design certification. I definitely draw on both of these in my work. In events I did a lot of work-at-height and rigging which are also a big part of arb, helping me progress quickly. My passion for permaculture has given me a solid knowledge of how ecosystems work and the important role trees play in binding the elements of these systems together.

What has been your most memorable experience at Tree King?
Definitely the first hiab job where I was the climber hanging off the end of the crane hook.

What do you do outside of work? What is your passion/hobby?
My garden is where you’ll most likely find me after hours. I love experimenting with espalier fruit trees, air layering cuttings and sometimes just sitting and observing my garden while pondering on improvements I can make in it. I also enjoy sitting with a good permaculture book and spending time with my wife and two little monkeys.