Tree Church – A Living, Breathing Church In New Zealand



Barry Cox, new zealand resident, nature lover and founder of treelocations, has built a living chapel on the grounds of a 3-acre garden in the region of ohaupo.


Cox constructed the ‘tree church‘ over the last four years, landscaping a 350m lush labyrinth walk based on the walls of the ancient city of jericho.


The agricultural architectural project comprises a variety of plant species and life — cut leaf alder for the roof canopy, copper sheen for the walls, and camellia black tie, acer globosum and thuja pyramidalis for the external façades.


After planting more than 4000 trees on his 90ha dairy farm in the Waikato, Barry finally settled on a flat 1.2ha property near Cambridge.


With a blank canvas, free-draining sandy loam and Mount Pirongia rising majestically in the distance, the climate, location and soil were ideal for growing specimen trees.


Inside the green dwelling, rows of wooden benches accommodate up to 100 guests, forming a pathway to the altar, which is made of italian marble.

Outside the gardens include a shaded area under a large canopy constructed from a military cargo parachute for after-event gatherings.