About Us

In December 2018, with 30 years of unquenchable passion and experience driving her, Michelle Gorissen opened NZ Native Plant Nursery in the Bombay Hills on the southern outskirts of Auckland.

In the past Michelle was a researcher for Yates, has raised vegetable seedlings commercially, bred onions, managed seed treatment, her own annual/perennial nursery, and trained in native plant horticulture. She worked at the now defunct The Native Plant Nursery as their production/inventory controller for all three of their nurseries, before accepting the position of Nursery Manager for the Waiuku branch.

NZ Native Plant Nursery is sited on an eight acre farm block which has been held by the Gorissen family for more than fifty years. Michelle’s father was a keen lover of Kauri and has planted many around the family block. More land development is in progress as the business completes the conversion from lifestyle block to nursery, but in-house propagation and growing-on operations are in full steady swing.

As NZ Native Plant Nursery establishes production land, they will introduce a section for the cultivation of threatened native species and encourage enthusiasts to grow and help re-establish them.

Enjoy browsing the site for the native plants that perfectly suit your application. We’re always happy to offer advice.