A unique place of contemplation and celebration. The Tree Church, Ohaupo, is a living, breathing structure designed to be a place of interest and contemplation. Set in 3 hectares of distinctive gardens, the Tree Church was created by Barry Cox. It combines his love of church architecture and trees to create a living, breathing chapel. The Tree Church inspires feelings of peace, contemplation, joy and solace for many who visit. The Gardens include a labyrinth, European and English inspired collections, a Monet-style pond and perennial flower gardens.
In mid-2020, Chris and Bev Gatenby purchased the Tree Church and today are carrying on the legacy of this special place. Chris had previously worked with Barry for four years looking after the Tree Church and the Gardens. Trees used in the construction of the Church are: Alnus Imperialis – Cut Leaf Alder (Roof Canopy), Purple Dodonaea – Ake Ake (Walls), Camelia Black Tie, Acer Globosum, Thuja Pyramidalis. A selection of Oaks, Maples, Alders, Ginkgos, Beech, Poplars, Taxodium, and Nyssa grace the Gardens. Many were placed using a Tree Spade to create a mature garden in a relatively short time.