Nelson Forests Ltd (NFL) is a significant contributor to economic wellbeing and growth in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions.


There may be some things you don’t know about NFL so we thought we would share a few facts with you.

– NFL is managed by Global Forest Partners LP (GFP). GFP acquired NFL’s high-quality Radiata Pine plantations in the Nelson and Marlborough regions at the top of the South Island of New Zealand in 2007.

– GFP is one of the world’s oldest and largest forestry investment managers and advisors and brings considerable international expertise to the management of the NFL’s estate.  GFP uses a local management team, Nelson Management Ltd (NML) to ensure its operations are run successfully.

– NFL owns 78,000ha of forest in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions

– NFL also owns the Kaituna Sawmill in Marlborough

– NFL’s forest activities are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) which means the forest estate is managed to strict environmental, social and economics standards. The Kaituna Sawmill is also FSC® Chain of Custody certified.

– NFL is Port Nelson’s largest customer by volume

– NFL has an annual harvest of 1.1 million m3 and Kaituna sawmill produces 55,000 m3 of lumber

– Pinus Radiata has a 30-year growth rotation. NFL’s first plantings were in 1927. This means that NFL is now in its fourth rotation.

– NFL provides and maintains 125km of public easement road through its forests

– 70% of NFL’s logs are delivered to the domestic market with 30% exported to its main markets (Korea and China)