About Us


Woodend Nurseries is a North Canterbury company established in 1985, boasting a passionate staff with 132 years combined knowledge and experience.We are one of the few independent nurseries left in the country under the leadership of respected nurseryman Stuart Hide. The company has expanded over recent times, with an extensive selection of high quality, locally grown plants on just over two and a half acres. We specialise in Fruit, Edibles, Shrubs, Trees, Hedging, Forestry and Shelter. We also have a range of Perennials, Annuals, Roses and Dry Goods. Our range of Fruit Trees, Edibles, and Deciduous Trees is the largest in Canterbury, so you will be sure to find just what you are looking for, or we can source it for you!

By dealing with us your local grower, you will be purchasing plants that we have produced ourselves and are hardened to the environment. We only grow the best performing varieties that are suited to our Canterbury conditions. In selection we look for autumn colour, pest and disease resistance, suitability to climate and soil conditions and the height of the mature plants, just to name a few. Other factors that we also take into consideration when growing a plant, are sucker prevention, early fruiting ability, sturdier and straighter growing plants, form and vigour. Woodend Nurseries also specialises in fruit trees, selecting varieties for their suitability of the Canterbury climate, pest and disease tolerance, pollinating ability, fruit quality and quantity.For all plants we strive to grow only the best commercial varieties, so you are choosing the very finest quality available, and we back that up with an in-depth level of expertise.

Stuart Hide
North Canterbury

Our Mission

To provide you with the best advice, best service, best quality and range of gardening products to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

Our commitment to you

  • Proud member of the NGIA (Nursery and Garden Industry Association)
  • A company vision to continually meet and exceed customer expectations
  • We conduct business with courtesy, ethics and honesty
  • Professionally qualified staff and we are committed to ongoing training
  • Value standards of customer service and plant quality
  • Use the latest technology available to grow our plants
  • Take pride in the presentation of our staff and nursery
  • We operate a loyalty card to reward customers
  • We offer pruning and trimming information brochures for your fruit trees
  • Planting instructions and fruit tree spray program leaflets
  • We played a role in selecting plant varieties for a new book entitled The Tui New Zealand Fruit Garden Book
  • We also offer Quality, Knowledge, Advice, Variety and Value

Environmentally Friendly

A key focus is to maintain the clean green environment of New Zealand. We only use sprays for when problems arise that we can’t control using natural methods.

What you might not know about Woodend Nurseries

We are members of NGIA (Nursery & Garden Industry Association). Stuart has also assisted with selecting varieties for the Tui New Zealand Fruit Garden Book, and has written numerous gardening columns for local newspapers and magazines. Recently we were instrumental in winning a Gold Medal Award in the new designer garden category, providing valuable knowledge and plants at the recent Ellerslie Garden Show 2013. This is something we are extremely proud of.

What we can offer you the customer

We have the largest range of product you will find in Canterbury.

  • 275 plus varieties of Fruit & Edibles, such as Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Nuts etc. The majority of these fruit trees are 4 years and older so they will produce fruit this coming season. A comprehensive and informative fruit and nut catalogue is available, which covers all the essentials such as fruit taste, ripening times and pollination.
  • 300 plus varieties of quality, large specimen and deciduous trees suitable for any situation and or budget. A catalogue is also available in-store and has valuable information on where to situate the correct specimen/deciduous tree for your conditions, along with colour photos and an extensive library to help you choose the right tree.
  • Roses - We have approximately 100 varieties of high health, disease resistant, Bush, Climbing, Old Fashioned, David Austin and Carpet Roses in season. Our Standard Roses that we have available are double grafted and we have a wide selection available.
  • Perennials, Bedding and Vegetable plants
  • Rhododendrons and Camellias - a huge range in varying grades
  • Conifers - An extensive selection
  • Shelter and Forestry - A catalogue is available on request
  • Dry Goods - We also have a great range of all the gardening remedies and accessories you may require, and all the relevant product information guides you may need.
  • We can also offer on-site consultations, a design service, plant placement, a Gardener and a planting service. These are all available on request. Please feel free to come in and discuss your requirements with any staff member.

Our commitment to you as our customer

We at Woodend Nurseries are committed to providing quality products and services to our customers. For over 19 years it has been our mission to make sure you have the right plants for the right place at the right time. We feel that good sound advice is essential, this is something you can see in the amount of time that we spend with you and the recommendations we offer. You can feel comfortable and confident when you purchase your plants from us. We thank you for your time in reading over this article and we look forward to meeting you.