Pureora Forest Park - It's Not Just About The Bike!

The lodge is sited in the natural and historic Pureora Forest Park, with surrounding land managed by the Department of Conservation (DoC). The awe-inspiring forest landscapes include towering canopies of trees from the native podocarp family, nationally important wetlands and shrublands, and historic remnants of the logging industry including machinery and mill workers houses from the 1940s.

The Pureora Forest Park is a great place for bird watching, with an abundant birdlife and many protected species.

The lodge is the ideal place to base yourself for a relaxing day listening to the birds, taking time out to read, or meet up with friends. There are lots of DoC walking and tramping tracks through the forest, or you may decide to travel further afield to some of the other attractions within an easy drive of the lodge, including:

  • Pa Harakeke at Pureora offers various trail-related services but also have a visitors centre and guided tours through the forest or learning about the cultural customs of the local people
  • The old Endean timber mill on Ongarue Stream Road, just 15 minutes from the lodge. This was a working mill until the 1990s when it was abandoned. The old buildings, vehicles and machinery still remain, and provide a fascinating glimpse of the area’s history.
  • Forgotten World Adventures – take a ride on a Railbike, or a Railcart into the Forgotten World. Or a jetboat ride on the Whanganui River to the Bridge to Nowhere
  • The Tongariro Crossing –  one of New Zealand’s classic Great Walks
  • Waitomo Caves – have a subterranean adventure and see the amazing glowworms
  • Try your hand at trout fishing on local streams including the Waione and Ongarue, or go further afield to the upper Whanganui or Whakapapa, or visit the Tongariro National Trout Centre in Turangi

For more information about local attractions within easy reach of Timber Trail Lodge see Visit Ruapehu Hamilton & Waikato Tourism and Destination Great Lake Taupo.

If you are not a biker, but your friends are, then come and hang out at the lodge while they ride the Pureora Timber Trail. Or you may decide to ride just one stage of the trail, and relax with us for a day. If you are that way inclined, we normally suggest riding the second, southern section of the trail as it’s a bit easier than the first part.

Pureora Forest Park has much to offer as well as mountain biking.

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Native New Zealand Wood Pigeon at Pureora cycleway