The Tree Church
You can read here about our first visit to the Tree Church here - My Road Trip, Auckland to Wellington - Day 1 Raglan, Tree Church, Taumarunui - on that visit, we hadn't noticed that the Tree Church had a ferocious full-time warden patrolling the grounds, both day and night.
This warden is a stern looking feline who goes by the name of 'Echo' and owner Barry Cox suggested he was not to be trifled with, pointing out that a number of mice, recently deposited at his front door as compelling evidence of this.
Echo on Patrol
It turns out that despite his stern appearance, Echo is quite a friendly fellow and after some encouragement he was persuaded to neglect his guard duties to indulge himself in some gentle stroking by these respectful visitors.
You van visit Echo the cat warden and the Tree Church on many of our New Zealand Vacations itineraries, including this favorite, the 10 day North & South Island Self Drive. Or, we can tailor-make an itinerary for you that includes a visit as you make your way southwards from Auckland. Make sure you introduce yourself to Echo when you visit. He keeps a high profile so he's easy to find most of the time, unless those pesky mice are giving him some trouble back at the homestead.
If you would like to read more about the inspiration and creation of the church, New Zealand newspaper "Stuff" ran this very interesting background story - "The Man who grew a church from trees"