The TreeChurch, Ohaupo, is a living, breathing structure designed and built by Barry Cox to be a place of interest and contemplation. Set in three acres of distinctive gardens it was inspired by Barry’s love of Churches and although initially created as a private garden, Barry was persuaded to open the gardens to the public in 2015. The TreeChurch is a very personal project and we therefore ask that visitors be respectful of the Church and surrounding gardens.
A welcomed retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the gardens, and in particular the Labyrinth Walk, were designed as a calm environment. While work only began on the garden in 2007, the mature feel shows how an instant garden can be created by incorporating large trees using a Tree-Spade.
Trees used in the construction of the Church are: Alnus Imperialis – Cut Leaf Alder (Roof Canopy), Leptospernum – Copper Sheen (Walls), Camelia Black Tie, Acer Globosum, Thuja Pyramidalis. A selection of Oaks, Maples, Alders, Ginkgos, Beech, Poplars, Taxodium, and Nyssa grace the gardens.
Barry has always been a keen observer of Churches and passionate about trees, combining these two interests Barry decided to construct his own living Church – thought to be the first in the world. The TreeChurch gardens are available for public visits, weddings and private events. Come and enjoy first-hand the living Church, the Labyrinth walk and the extensive gardens for your viewing pleasure, moments of solace and photographic opportunities.
This season the TreeChurch and gardens are open from 24 October 2017 – 31 March 2018.
Admission is $15 per person, no discounts.
Children under 12 not permitted unless by prior arrangement with the management.
Open to the public Sundays and Tuesdays 10.00am – 4.00pm no booking required.
Groups and Private Events by appointment only – please Contact Us for a booking.
There is no food or drink for sale at the gardens. You are welcome to bring a picnic but no food is allowed within the Church area.
No dogs and no smoking please.
At present there is limited parking, for large groups we suggest you car pool, bus or minibus.
The TreeChurch is a place of quiet contemplation – we request that all visitors treat the area with the same respect they would any other Church.
Wedding hire is:
$3500 for 24 October 2017 – 31 March 2018
$3800 for 23 October 2018 – 31 March 2019
$3800 for 22 October 2019 – 31 March 2020
It is essential that you and your guests comply with our Terms and Conditions.
The TreeChurch seats 100 people.
The outdoor area seats 60 undercover.
The TreeChurch and gardens are a tranquil setting for weddings and events. If you would like to hire our venue please firstly use the Contact Us page to check our availability.
In The Media
- The man who grew a church from trees – Stuff.co.nz
- A New Zealand Landscaper Created a Storybook Chapel Out of Living Trees – Slate.com
- This Guy Spent 4 Years Growing A Church From Trees – BoredPanda.com
- This Man ‘Grew’ a Church From Living Trees – Yahoo.com/makers
- Retreat from society’ dream backfires as tourists flock to fascinating church – TVNZ.co.nz/seven-sharp
For directions to the TreeChurch please click on directions in the white box on the map.