‘Tis the season to get chopping


It’s a happy dilemma to be in; success from Coronet Peak’s Happiness Trees Christmas fundraiser means they’ve had to find a new source of wilding pines this year.

The fundraiser, now in its third year, raises money for Queenstown’s community-based non-profit organisation, Happiness House.

Coronet Peak 2IC Mark Sommerville says during that time, a handful of volunteers cleared the peak of suitable wilding pines.

“It started as a conceptual idea and worked really well.”








It’s been so popular this year they’ve had to ask neighbours if they can clear their land of the invasive wildings to sell on.

But, he says he doesn’t see the lack of potential Christmas trees as an issue.

For each of the previous two years, about 200 trees have been sold for the fundraiser – that’s raised about $5000 for Happiness House, including proceeds from the sales and donations.

Sommerville says tree-felling goes beyond the demand of Chrissy trees, though, with the skifield felling between 400 and 500 a year.

This year NZSki’s hoping to sell 300 trees to help Happiness House, which provides help to some of Queenstown’s more vulnerable residents, so they can also celebrate the festive season.

Happiness House manager Robyn Francis says the fundraiser really helps support them financially through the holiday season.

Christmas trees, ranging from medium to large, cost $20 each, and will be delivered this Sunday.

To order one, visit the Coronet Peak website.