Use this site to find out where myrtle rust is, what it looks like and what you can do if you find it in New Zealand

Help track the spread of myrtle rust

Your help is vital to our long-term myrtle rust management and research projects. A form for long-term monitoring is now available!

Science & Research

Research is vital to help us understand the impact of myrtle rust on our myrtle plants.


Myrtle rust is widely distributed across the North Island and in the north and west of the South Island. This timeline tracks its spread across the country, and efforts to manage the disease and safeguard New Zealand’s myrtles.

Read about our current research

Learn about the science and research happening to better understand myrtle rust in New Zealand.

Long-term monitoring form

Use this form to monitor myrtle rust over the long-term.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Help us understand where myrtle rust is by participating in citizen science supported by iNaturalist.

Know what to do if you find myrtle rust

Get advice on how to manage or remove myrtle rust on your property if you find it.

Monitoring myrtle rust on native forests – study findings

Monitoring myrtle rust in native forests - first study.

Help slow the spread of myrtle rust

Reduce impacts through plant selection - advice for plant growers & buyers.