Pepper Tree Garden and Nursery


The Garden

A plant enthusiast’s garden, it is still being developed but has many interesting and rare plants that attract interest. The sweeping valley views from the garden and the sound of the river extend the garden towards the forest park at the head of the valley.

Large lawn areas on several levels are connected by many stone walled paths that allow plants to be viewed at different levels. A large collection of acers is complemented by under planting of hostas, irises and rhododendrons. Dams are surrounded by water plants with bog areas being developed.

Spring and summer are the best times to visit but this is a garden that provides interest all year. Don’t forget to leave room in the boot of your car for those plants you won’t be able to resist from the nursery.

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The Gardener

John is an ex school teacher and Trish a mum who has a great interest in plants.They have developed a small nursery that has a reputation for producing an interesting range of plants.They are members of IPPS and the iris society and are avid plant collecters.The garden has an interesting collection of acers with about 85 varieties of palmatum dissectum in the garden.  


Garden Details

442 Kauaeranga Valley Road, Thames, Coromandel, Waikato.

From Auckland
• Take SH1 south toward Hamilton.
• Take exit 477 to merge with SH2.
• After 33km take a slight left on SH25 following the signs for Thames.
• After 23km at the roundabout take the 1st exit on Ngati Maru Highway/SH26.
• After 5km turn right on to Banks Street then slight right to Parawai Road.
• After 2km continue on to Kauaeranga Valley Road Pepper Tree Garden and Nursery will be about 4km along on your right.
64 07 8689535
Contact Person
John and Trish Uffindell
Pepper Tree Garden and Nursery is open by appointment.
Phone 078689535
Garden Size
Situated 6 km from the centre of Thames, this 4 acre hillside garden overlooks the Kauaeranga River.
Adults & seniors $10.Morning or afternoon tea included in entry price
Brochure Available?
Off street parking for cars buses and coaches.
Food Available
Morning and afternoon tea with scone or muffin
Yes please bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden.Hot water available
Wheelchair Access
Yes we are wheelchair friendly.But part of the garden is on a slope.We can transport people to the bottom of the garden or pick you up in a 4wd if necessary
Dogs Allowed
YES. We regularly cater for weddings.We can put couples in touch with celebrants and caterers.We prefer only to have the ceremony and drinks in the garden and can arrange the use of the local hall across the road
Plants/Other Sales
A large variety of plants is available through the nursery.We specialise in Japanese maples ,hosta and hydrangeas but have a good range of trees and shrubs.Many natives ,grevilleas,vireyas,agapanthus and camellias.
Guided Tours
We like to accompany groups as they walk through the garden to answer questions as we have many rare and unusual plants
Function Center Available?
Hall across road available for hire
Other Facilities

We will provide morning and afternoon tea with your entry fee and welcome visitors to have lunch in the garden.

We also have weddings in the garden and make arrangements to suit