Tree Church open to view

Apr 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Latest News, Our Patch
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An open day at the unique Tree Church in Ohaupo this month will be the Ohaupo community’s first fundraising effort for a proposed $1.2 million sport and recreation centre.

Ohaupo’s unique Tree Church will be open to view on Saturday, April 22.


The captivating Tree Church garden, a labour of love for owner Barry Cox, will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 22.

Food, coffee and live music will add to the occasion in the internationally renowned garden, for which tickets are available on Eventfinder and at the Te Awamutu i-Site.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for children.

After travelling the world and looking at church architecture, Barry Cox decided to create a unique church of living trees with surrounding private gardens, including a labyrinth.

The Tree Church, at 119 West Road, Ohaupo, has gained international media attention and today is used for weddings and other special events. It is a mecca for photographers. Cox has gifted the open day to the community as a fundraiser.

Ohaupo booming

The proposed Ohaupo Sport and Recreation Centre is to be built on the site of the existing Ohaupo Rugby and Sports Club and will be available for all clubs – sporting, recreation and community service – serving Ohaupo and its surrounding districts.

Demand for the facility has arisen because of significant growth in Ohaupo’s population over recent years – currently around 6500 – and the potential for more with further development in the pipeline. At the same time, social and community facilities have reduced with the sale of the Ohaupo Bowling club and two churches, and the limitations of the old community hall.

Groups lining up to use the centre include scouts, athletics club, Lions, and Play Centre as well as the rugby club, which has two senior teams and several junior rugby teams, women’s netball, with up to three teams.

The centre, which will also include a community gym, is expected to also be used for social occasions, 21sts, weddings, funerals and other events.

The total cost of the proposed Ohaupo Sport and Recreation Centre is in the vicinity of $1.2m. The steering committee already has $190k on hand, with the balance to be raised from other local stakeholders, Trust Waikato, Lotteries Commission, other charitable trusts and local fundraising activities.

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2 Comments to “Tree Church open to view”

  1. Jan Hammington says:

    Could you please advise if we can buy tickets at the gate on the day. Many thanks

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