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Kahikatea Flat Road, Silverdale
Nth Auckland, New Zealand

Phone (09) 420 5485
Fax (09) 420 5489


Cypress Sawmill is open under Alert Level 3. Please pre-order your goods so they are ready and waiting when you come to pick them up. On arrival at the mill please wait in your vehicle until attended by one of our staff.
Delivery options are also available.

Macrocarpa Specifications

Macrocarpa Timber In New Zealand

Below is the attributes of macrocarpa timber. Please refer to our macrocarpa products page for a list of the marcrocarpa we specialise in.

Cupressus Macrocarpa
Family : Cupressaceae
Country of Origin : United States of America
Wood Type : Softwood

Macrocarpa's natural habitat is limited to the peninsular of Point Lobos, near Monterey, in Southern California, also the home of Radiata Pine. It was introduced to New Zealand in the 1860's and was planted mainly as shelter belts but occasionally as plantations.

The timber is a low to medium density softwood (485 kg/m3 at 12% moisture content) and has a large amount of heartwood which is a golden brown honey colour. Macrocarpa is a moderately stiff, strong timber similar to NZ grown Douglas Fir, it is a difficult timber to kiln dry with cell collapse and internal checking the main problems.

Macrocarpa clears are very similar to Kauri in character, and machines and turns well owing to its fine texture.

Macrocarpa is one of the most naturally durable exotic softwoods grown in New Zealand, and is resistant to insect and borer attack in its sawn form.

Its heartwood is rated moderately durable which means a 50x50 stake will last 10-15 years in the ground. Larger sections will last considerably longer. Outside and above the ground macrocarpa is equivalent to H3 pine in durability. Inside where the timber is not subject to the elements, it will last virtually indefinitely.

Macrocarpa, when dry, will accept a variety of paints, oils, two pot resins, and varnishes.

Technical Details of Macrocarpa


485 kg\m3 at 12% moisture content (medium density softwood)


from green to 12% moisture content

  - Tangential Direction


  - Radial Direction



Modulus of Rupture at 12% moisture content 74 MP

Modulus of Elasticity at 12% moisture content 7.9 GPa

End Uses for Macrocarpa

Pergolas, landscaping, exposed rafters and beams, T & G Panelling and sarking, flooring overlays, feature gates and fencing, slabs for kitchens & bar tops, shop fittings signs tables, boat building, cabinet making, wood turning and carving, fence battens, stairways and balustrades, laminating, picture framing, tree stakes.

Photos of New Zealand Macrocarpa Trees

  • Macrocarpa Branches

    Macrocarpa Branches

  • Macrocarpa Trunk

    Macrocarpa Trunk

  • Macrocarpa Tree

    Macrocarpa Tree