The Timber Trail Lodge

Words by  Irena Brooks

The Timber Trail Lodge has been a go-to destination for budding mountain bikers for 6 years now since its opening in April 2017.  The lodge is also a great location for groups, corporate retreats and conferences, offering a range of accommodation, communal areas and activities.

Winter and Spring at the Timber Trail Lodge are perfect times to get your work team out of the office and just a little out of their comfort zones. Through winter and early spring the lodge has options to book the venue exclusively (for larger groups) and can cater for smaller groups too.  A new purpose-built meeting room will be completed in September 2023 and will provide more retreat space.  

With twenty rooms (ten of them with ensuites), a communal dining hall, and a large deck overlooking the bush backdrop, it is accessible by shuttle from a car park 2 hours and 40 minutes drive from New Plymouth; or guests can drive directly to the lodge.  

The attraction of the remote location is that it is in the middle of nowhere.  Having said that, there is technology available to aid meetings including wifi, a screen and projector, plus whiteboard. There’s no mobile phone reception so you and your team can really get away from it all and focus on having fun. 

Activities include biking the iconic Timber Trail, where you can hire e-bikes for the whole crew. 

You can even choose just to do part of it. There’s also bush walks, board games, a roaring fire and fully licensed bar, for when you’ve finished the serious stuff. 

The lodge can prepare all logistics including accommodation, food (catering to various dietary requirements), shuttles, bike hire, luggage transfers, meeting resources, and help you organise team activities.  

Central to the experience is the remote location in the middle of the Pureora Forest Park. Sustainability is a prominent feature at the lodge as it is completely off-grid.

Designed to minimize any environmental impact, features include solar power, water collection and waste treatment. 

The lodge is active with the protection of flora and fauna in the surrounding areas with active planting, weed control and pest control. The Pureora Forest is one of the last remaining remnants of native podocarp forest — guests may see or hear kokako, kaka, whio (Blue Duck), tui, kererū, long tailed cuckoo, shining cuckoo, and more.  

Group bookings can also suit family reunions or a special anniversary to share time with those closest to you. 

Contact Russell Malone or Janine van Rooyen 

Phone: 0800 885 6343 
International: +64 21 562 001 
Timber Trail Lodge 

Pureora Forest Park 

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