Testimonials

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"The Timber Trail Lodge offered our company a unique and private venue to facilitate our annual senior team retreat. The goal was to combine team building and discuss the company future objectives in a setting where we could relax and familiarise ourselves with our colleagues outside of the normal working environment.
With over 30 people and 3 days, the event was a great success with the outcome well and truly achieved. The Lodge team were very accommodating and played a pivotal role to making the retreat a success. The food was outstanding, rooms were well presented and comfortable and the overall venue very inviting and relaxing. We would not hesitate in recommending the Timber Trail Lodge for any Corporate event.
"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
"We booked an ensuite room at Timber Trail Lodge as we were biking the Timber Trail. The room was spacious, sunny & well equipped. While this Lodge primarily caters to the folk riding this iconic trail in the Pureora Forest the Lodge is a destination worthy in itself! Warm and friendly staff/management, fabulous food and absolutely stunning location miles from the cares of the world.
The Lodge is very well equipped and warm, as well as environmentally sustainable (its off-grid.) Ancient podocarp forest, native birds and amazing pioneering history makes for a truly unique and special stay.

Don't hesitate. This is well worth the bike ride on the Timber Trail or the drive into Piropiro.
Angie L
"The package with food, shuttle and accommodation was great value for our group. The lodge is well run with great staff, good food and comfortable rooms. Recommended as a great way to enjoy this great trail.Clyff
"Wow - why would you stay anywhere else? Amazing location at the end of a long day biking. Lodge run like clockwork. Greeted upon arrival, bags were there, the room was ready and beers were cold and without requesting pizza's, they were brought to us on the deck!

What I really loved was when entering our room, I felt like we were the first ever couple to stay there. Immaculate down to earth presentation. Loved the idea of not using locks on the room doors, as it felt homely when you walked to your room in socks or bare feet from the central "hub". Was like walking from the kitchen down the hallway to your bedroom in your own house!

We had shared facilities that were clean, warm and we never saw another soul in there and the lodge was full!
The chef and staff were friendly, accommodating, above and beyond what was expected and the food was delicious. Pavlova biggest I've seen! Have nothing but praise for this lodge.
Cycled as 2 adults, 3 girls (17, 15, 13). Super family fun.
Karaka
"My friend and I stayed in the Timber Trail Lodge for 2 nights. The hosts - Kate and Hadden- were both lovely and very accommodating. We felt very much at home with nice home cooked meals that were just what we needed after a hard days riding. They organised our transfers and catered to our every need. The rooms were very clean and well maintained and the beds were very comfortable. This is an eco-friendly lodge so they are very mindful of the environment which was fantastic. It is located in a remote but very beautiful setting. We loved it.Holidayhound62
"Our group of 17 was met at the door and welcomed inside -- a most hospitable start.
Cold beers and served pizzas after the bike-ride was most appreciated while on the large sunny deck, or inside the always comfortably warm lounge. Interesting and tasty meals, friendly and helpful staff -- this is an efficient and well thought out operation.
Jan M
"We biked the trail with our 12-year-old son and his friend and did the 2-night package with the lodge, which included shuttles, meals and accommodation. The whole package was perfect, the trail was beautiful and a good distance and challenge. The accommodation is lovely and in the perfect location, and the staff are wonderful: warm, friendly, and great cooks! Kiwi hospitality at it's best! Thanks team.Hilda
"Couldn't believe my eyes when I caught a first glance of the lodge nearing the end of a punishing but satisfying (no e-bike for me) first 39 km section of the Pureora Forest mountain bike trail. The building is beautiful, sitting high above the trail, with views to the forest. The welcome was so lovely - greeted by name and offered a complimentary pizza. We were shown to a spacious and beautifully appointed room with a range slider leading to a deck. The bathrooms were spotless and a hot shower was wonderful. Dinner was spectacular, roast pork with perfect crackling, roast vege, slaw, salad -all delicious, and a choice of 4 different desserts. I could talk at length about the facilities but suffice to say these guys have thought of everything -a charging bay for e-bikes, a room to fill your drink bottles, a yummy packed lunch handed out the next morning. The lodge is super impressive with eco-friendly design, but what I appreciated the most were the staff -they gave me a feeling of "being at home" with their friendliness and "nothing is a bother" attitude - I was able to relax the minute I arrived and spend some serious time re-charging myself. The ice cold beer was very welcome too.Robyn B
"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.Wendy
"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.Barry
"The Timber Trail Lodge offered our company a unique and private venue to facilitate our annual senior team retreat.

The goal was to combine team building and discussion of the company future objectives in a setting where we could relax and familiarise ourselves with our colleagues outside of the normal working environment. With over 30 people and 3 days, the event was a great success with the outcome well and truly achieved.

The Lodge team were very accommodating and played a pivotal role to making the retreat a success. The food was outstanding, rooms were well presented and comfortable and the overall venue very inviting and relaxing. We would not hesitate in recommending the Timber Trail Lodge for any Corporate event.
Emmeline Coffin
CB Norwood Ltd
"The Discover Waitomo leadership team stayed at the lodge in June 18 for a development workshop. The space was ideal for us (around 20 people), extremely comfortable and well-appointed with everything that we needed for both relaxation and work but what really made our visit was the manaaki of our hosts who cared for us whilst also demonstrating how proud they were of the lodge and its surroundings (which by the way was a fantastic spot even in winter). We will visit the lodge again and I would recommend it to any team or group looking for something special.Travis Donoghue
Tourism Holding Ltd