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New Zealand Beaches with the stunning NZ Christmas Tree in Full Bloom - The Pohutukawa Tree.

New Zealand Beaches with the stunning NZ Christmas Tree in Full Bloom - The Pohutukawa Tree.

Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand - this one way road is magical in summer when the pohutukawa trees are in flower, along with views out across the bay, & alongside the very famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel.

Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand - this one way road is magical in summer when the pohutukawa trees are in flower, along with views out across the bay, & alongside the very famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel.

A New Zealand Summer - sun, surf, sand, and Pohutukawa

A New Zealand Summer - sun, surf, sand, and Pohutukawa

The beautiful Pohutukawa tree, known as NZ's Christmas tree because the bright red flowers appear in December.

The beautiful Pohutukawa tree, known as NZ's Christmas tree because the bright red flowers appear in December.

Hahei, North Island, New Zealand - A summer scene, Pohutukawa trees in flower, with their red blooms are amazing!

Hahei, North Island, New Zealand - A summer scene, Pohutukawa trees in flower, with their red blooms are amazing!

Pohutukawa in the bush. New Zealand. By Margaret Tooley

Pohutukawa in the bush. New Zealand. By Margaret Tooley

I just leave the tree decorating to mother nature.. It's a pretty time of year.. #pohutukawa #nzxmastree #prettyaf #bellblockbeach #westcoastmagic #westisbest #taranaki #taranakilikenoother #newzealand #nz #paradise #kiwipics #nzmustdo #gottalovenz #destinationnz #metservice #newzealandvacations #thisisnz #beautifulnz #nzimagery Pohutakawa tree....so pretty!

I just leave the tree decorating to mother nature.. It's a pretty time of year.. #pohutukawa #nzxmastree #prettyaf #bellblockbeach #westcoastmagic #westisbest #taranaki #taranakilikenoother #newzealand #nz #paradise #kiwipics #nzmustdo #gottalovenz #destinationnz #metservice #newzealandvacations #thisisnz #beautifulnz #nzimagery Pohutakawa tree....so pretty!

Pohutakawa tree. New Zealand's Christmas tree.

Pohutakawa tree. New Zealand's Christmas tree.

Pohutukawa (the NZ Christmas tree), Orewa Beach, North Shore, Auckland - Image Courtesy of Malene Holm

Pohutukawa: the New Zealand Christmas Tree

Pohutukawa (the NZ Christmas tree), Orewa Beach, North Shore, Auckland - Image Courtesy of Malene Holm