Our Story


Naturally Native’s story begins in 1980, when a local Tauranga teacher decided to make a radical career change and set up a nursery in Oropi, Tauranga. Since then Naturally Native has a new captain at the helm, Les Anstis. Les moved to New Zealand from Australia when he was just a young buck, we don’t hold this against him as he now considers himself kiwi through and through. He has an extensive background in agriculture and always enjoyed getting his hands dirty. When the opportunity to take on Naturally Native arose, Les couldn’t think of a better fit.

Naturally Native has a fabulous team of experts that grow over 500 native species and cultivars. These plants are supplied in large volumes into the retail, commercial and contract markets.


Our objective is simple, at Naturally Native we are dedicated to providing native plants of the highest quality. Our product is provided at a decent price while delivering superior service and expertise to all of our customers.


Naturally Native is proud to have an excellent team of dedicated individuals in all aspects of our operations. We think of our team as the NatNat family and they are crucial to the growth and development of the nursery. All of our team members bring different aspects of expertise to the business from propagation to business acumen. Together, the NatNat family make Naturally Native the successful business it is today.