private garden

Pepper Tree Garden and Nursery

442 Kauaeranga Valley Road, Thames, Coromandel, Waikato


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 the underplanting 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.

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 collectors. The garden has an interesting collection of acers with about 85 varieties of palmatum dissectum in the garden.  

Garden Size

We have created 5 acres of open garden between our house and the Kauaeranga River.


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.

Other Facilities




  • Price
    Adults & seniors $10. Morning or afternoon tea included in the entry price.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for cars buses and coaches.
  • 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?
  • Food available?
    We will provide morning and afternoon tea with your entry fee and welcome visitors to have lunch in the garden.
  • Picnics
    Yes please bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden. Hot water available.
  • Toilets?
  • Plants/Sales
    Pepper Tree is a wholesale plant nursery that supplies an interesting and often hard to get a range of trees and shrubs to landscapers and direct to the public.
  • Function Center?
    Hall across road available for hire.
  • Guided Tours
    We like to accompany groups as they walk through the garden to answer questions as we have many rare and unusual plants.


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.