Working at Timber Trail Lodge and Transport

Timber Trail Lodge and Transport - work opportunities

Working in paradise

The Timber Trail Lodge and Transport have a reputation for exceptional service. Employing the right staff to join the team is an essential part of maintaining this standard of service and ensuring our customers have a great experience.

Our lodge is fully serviced, we pride ourselves in providing exceptional home style food, and we also have a fully licensed bar.

Our bike technicians maintain our fleet of hire bikes and our shuttle drivers transport our customers, bikes and luggage between locations on the trail.

Job opportunities at the Timber Trail Lodge.

The Lodge - What to expect

Roles includes a range of customer service, housekeeping, maintenance, admin, cooking and kitchen work. Full paid training is provided, however applicants with experience in the above will be given priority. We do prefer people that have experience in hospitality and people that know/love to cook.

Tasks can change as needs arise on a daily basis, so a good level of initiative is required. No day is the same! Rosters are generally five on, two off and weekends are our busiest periods.

The lodge is a 7 day a week accommodation operation. Roles require working on a roster that will involve some weekend work.

The perks

You will be paid a competitive wage, with the opportunity for advancement for the right applicants.

Lodge staff enjoy excellent staff accommodation with meals, utilities, laundry and wi-fi provided. You will live and work in the Pureora Forest Park and have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area or visit family and friends on your regular days off. The lodge is within 2 - 3.5 hours driving distance of Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua & Taupo. It is one hour’s drive from the Central North Island towns of Te Kuiti & Taumarunui.

Our shuttle and bike hire base is 20 minutes out of Taumaranui and has positions for bike technicians and shuttle drivers.

Timber Trail Lodge staff greeting bikers.

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Timber Trail Lodge. The lodge is completely off the grid while still being modern, comfortable and welcoming. The food was outstanding and the staff were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend the lodge to those seeking nature and/or adventure getaways!

Natalie R

The whole team went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Great food and endless tea! Accommodation was comfortable. Worked seamlessly with the Timber Trail Shuttles before and after the trip. Thank you!

Lucy - Aug 2021

We were well looked after. The team at the lodge were friendly and knowledgeable. The food was AMAZING and a real highlight for our always-hungry teenage sons. Lovely accommodation. Very informative commentary via Rob and great service from the bike hire/shuttle team. Top it off with stunning scenery and loads of fascinating history. A must do for families

Nikki J - July 2021

Great weekend doing the Timber Trail, 2 nights at the Timber Trail Lodge worked perfectly. Fantastic local knowledge and stories from Rob in the shuttle, Kia Ora Rob! Accommodation is superb, clean and comfortable rooms, great food after a good days MTB riding and a beer or 2 from the bar. Locally owned and operated with great stewardship of local environment and land. Thoroughly recommended!

Rob d - May 2021

Fantastic rooms, beautiful place and very helpful and friendly staff and fantastic food, catered for dairy free with ease and care. Beautiful setting and loved the beanbag on the deck. Loved everything. Thanks team Timber Trail Lodge.


Loved this place. Family of 6 adults had a ball. Everything is well organised. Rooms excellent, great food.and a pizza to keep you going after your first days riding. You do need to be fit enough to get there! Go for the full package. It’s worth it.

Drivel K

Great value for money, awesome team looked after us so well. Totally recommend these guys you can not go wrong! Clean, new, licensed, comfortable, outstanding food, all amenities well serviced and no complaints from any of our guys.


Shuttle and Bike Hire - What to expect

Our shuttle and bike hire base is located just out of Ongarue - around 20 minutes north of Taumaranui.

Our bike technicians maintain a fleet of around 60 bikes. Our shuttle drivers drive our 9 seat mini vans and 22 seat mini buses between Ongarue, Piropiro and Pureora on a daily basis.

Most of our work is seasonal between October to May. You must be a NZ resident or have a valid work visa to be eligible. Drivers with a P-endorsed NZ driver’s license will have preference.

Feel free to send an email to [email protected] if you have interest in working with us.

What we're looking for

We look for great all-rounders who like to work in a fun team environment ensuring our guests and customers have a fantastic wilderness experience.

• Applicants must have a willingness to learn new skills and have great attention to detail.
• You will understand that great hospitality comes from strong team work and a dedication to excellence no matter what the task is.
• You will enjoy meeting new people every day and have a fun, friendly manner.
• You must be a NZ citizen, have NZ resident or a NZ work visa valid for the duration of your employment.
• Given the location your own vehicle/ transport is essential.

Live-in hospitality job opportunities.

Current vacancies

If we don't have any vacancies at the moment. Recruitment for the new season will typically commence around August/ September for an October start.

Please feel free to make contact by email if you have interest in the future.

For lodge positions please send an introduction including CV to [email protected]

For shuttle and bike hire positions please send an email to [email protected]. Please include an introduction and CV.

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Phone: 0800 885 6343
International: +64 7 222 6090
Email: [email protected]

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