Carved out of the ancient glacial plain by the mighty Kawarau river joining lakes Wakatipu and Dunstan, and surrounded by the scenic mountain ranges of the Central Otago high country, the Kawarau Gorge road (State Highway 6) connects Queenstown and the Gibbston Valley to Cromwell. Our plant nursery is atop the Waitiri peninsula opposite the confluence of the Nevis river and the Kawarau.

This harsh environment of Central Otago ...

... grows tough garden, landscaping and re-vegetation plants. 

Our plants are all grown locally so have already adapted to the local environment, resulting in stronger growing and more resilient plants. Our plants are proven to thrive in areas where others may fail and die.

Hebe odora on a frosty morning
A small delivery to Jack's Point
A small delivery to Jack's Point

Our online garden store sells plants direct

Which means wholesale pricing for you. We endeavor to supply you the best quality and value plants.

We offer low price deliveries in the Queenstown, Cromwell, and Wanaka area, freight beyond, or free pickups from our yard. More information on deliveries

Hedging, shrubs, perennial plants and more

Hand selected plant material become containerised plants in our nursery, in turn becoming fine mature specimens at your planting job. We offer a wide selection of plants ready for your garden, or with advance notice can prepare a supply for your largest landscaping or re-vegetation project.

A fairly typical autumn morning


To help preserve the unique gene pool of the native plants of Otago, we grow ecosourced natives. Ecosourcing not only preserves irreplaceable genetic diversity, but may improve plant performance in tough conditions.

To learn more about our approach to ecosourcing, read our page here.

We have successfully transitioned our natives to 90% eco sourced over the past few years, and are aiming for 100% in the next 2 years.. If eco sourcing is essential for your project, please let us know.

Samantha Taylor collecting NZ native seeds in a patch of bush near the Dart River
Plants delivered for a job in Shotover Country, Otago


Restoring the natural environment starts with planting. Correct plant choice forms a strong foundation for clean air, water, and habitat for wild insects and birds. We supply plants for re-vegetation projects that will improve our country not only for ourselves, but generations to come.

Shotover Garden Centre, Spring 2016
Samantha Taylor somewhere in the high country, Otago

Previously Shotover Garden Centre

Samantha and Kelvin began Springburn Nursery after selling the Shotover Garden Centre, which was Queenstown's local garden centre for over 30 years, and now the site of Bunnings Warehouse. Our goal now is to grow the best quality and value plants for the people of Central Otago and beyond. We also have goals for the success of the nursery to enable us to drive reforestation and revegetation projects on the adjacent land.

If you would like to know more, please check the Frequently Asked Questionscontact us, sign up for our mailing list, or visit our order page.


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