Enjoy Your Stay at the Timber Trail Lodge

Deep in the centre of Aotearoa's North Island, right in the middle of nowhere, is a very special place.

That special place is the Timber Trail Lodge, designed and built to make your Pureora experience even more memorable.

Enjoy the atmosphere of informality and relaxation, whether you’re a biker or not. If you are a non-biker be assured that you will feel just as welcome and inspired by your surroundings, as those that bike the trail.

We have a 5 Star Silver Qualmark rating, meaning we are on the top tier of New Zealand accommodation providers.

An afternoon lounge scene at the Timber Trail Lodge

Perhaps one of the unexpected elements of your experience with us will be the sense of connection that you take away. You’ll feel connected to Pureora, and Piropiro, and with the environmental, cultural and historical values that have shaped these places. You’ll also feel connected to the people you have shared your experiences with.

Our staff are dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience at our place. Our multi-skilled lodge managers and other staff are on hand to assist with your enquiries and ensure you receive a high level of customer service.

All around the lodge, inside and outside, are areas to relax in, chill out with friends, and to meet and chat with other guests.

The interior, especially the lounge and dining area, and the outdoor area around the lodge, have been designed to maximise sociability. There are enclosed areas with comfortable informal seating, lighting and décor arranged to initiate socialising, but also enable people to do their own thing.

Our goal is to enable groups and individuals to enjoy their own space, but at the same time mix and interact with others. Long dining tables with bench seating encourage communal dining.

Our guests will experience comfort, relaxed informality, and down-to-earth service.

The Timber Trail Lodge accommodates a total of 50 people and offers two levels of accommodation.

Our ensuite wing offers a high level of comfort in ten rooms which each have their own bathroom. The En-Suite Bedrooms are mainly double/twins. Two rooms have an extra single bed.

The second wing has our Standard Bedrooms which are a mix of double/twins or triples and share the central bathroom (separate facilities for males and females).

All rooms have radiator heating, and are fully insulated.

We offer two levels of accommodation:

  • Standard bedrooms, share the central bathroom facilities
  • Ensuite bedrooms, with a bathroom adjacent to each room

Rates 4 April 2018 to 31 December 2019

Standard Room Rates – per person, per night, including dinner & breakfast

Double/Twin and Triple Room  – $150/person


All inclusive Ultimate Timber Trail Package (Standard Rooms) – per person, including TWO nights’ accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, packed lunches, shuttle and bag transfer.

Double/Twin and Triple Room  – $445/person


Ensuite Rooms – per person, per night, including dinner & breakfast

Double/Twin and Triple Room  – $195/person


All inclusive Ultimate Timber Trail Package (Ensuite Rooms) – per person, including TWO nights’ accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, packed lunches, shuttle and bag transfer.

Double/Twin and Triple Room  – $535/person


Group discounts 10% on groups of 10 or more

Sorry no child rates

Good food is essential for the enjoyment of a great outdoor experience, especially after a long day of physical effort.

That’s why we place great importance on providing plentiful, delicious, nutritious fare for our guests.

Soon after you arrive, famished from your efforts, you’ll be served a nutritious snack to enjoy, at your leisure, with a nice cold beer, wine or soft drink while enjoying the inspiring surroundings of the lodge.

Post-ride meal of wine and cheese on Pureora Timber Trail Lodge veranda

You can help yourself to tea, coffee and filtered water at any time. We operate a small bar, serving wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

The evening dinner menu offers a selection that is designed to appeal to a range of tastes and dietary requirements. The  hearty, homestyle dinner menu changes daily, but always satisfies the the hungriest cyclist.

Meals are served in the dining area, or if the weather allows, on the deck of the lodge. Seating is communal, on long tables where you are encouraged to mix with our other guests, and share stories.

We’ll set you up right for a day of biking or exploring with a breakfast including granola or other cereals, eggs and toast.

As our guest you’ll experience sustainability in practice, and leave with a greater appreciation of minimising impacts and protecting natural environments.

Our policies and practices include:

  • A composting system, for food and paper scraps, feeds our vegetable garden. You’ll enjoy some of those vegetables on our menu.
  • Recycling glass and other reusable waste.
  • Minimising packaging and unnecessary consumption of paper and plastic products.
  • Our water comes from an on-site spring, and is supplemented by rainwater from our roof. We have particle and UV filters to ensure our water is 100% pure and clean.
  • Minimising water use in showers. Water is a valuable resource and we don’t want to waste it.
  • Operating a fully biodynamic waste-water system. The cleansed water it produces is used to fertilise the plants in a dripper field below the lodge. In times of water shortage, it can be adapted to recycle fully processed water back through the toilet cisterns.
  • Our goal is to have 95% of electricity generated by solar panels within three years of opening.
  • Offsetting carbon that is emitted, through our diesel generator and water heaters, the fuel we burn in transport, and the wood-burning fireplace, by the trees we are planting, and native forest we are regenerating. We also buy carbon credits to offset any excess carbon emissions
  • Involving ourselves in local initiatives to control weeds and pests, replant areas of former plantation forestry, and protect the superb native forest in Pureora Forest Park.

You’ll learn that conservation, and the need to be careful of water and electricity use, doesn’t mean hardship or no hot showers. But it does mean having an awareness and determination to protect and enhance.

Just in case...

There’s a small provisioning store where you can stock up on snacks, spare bike tubes, a few things you may have forgotten, and a souvenir riding shirt if you wish.

Just so you know...

  • We do provide Wi-Fi, but we hope that you don’t spend all your time with your nose in your device. We would love you to make the most of your stay with us, enjoy the company, appreciate the environment, and make amazing memories
  • We don’t provide endless hot water, so shower times are limited to a few minutes
  • Our four-person dorm rooms have two sets of bunks in each room, and are filled on a mixed-share basis. So unless you are part of a group of four people, you may be sharing with people you don’t know. We can sometimes arrange female-only rooms on request
  • We operate licensed premises and unfortunately cannot allow you to bring your own alcohol.
  • Due to our remote location and sustainable practices we have limited water and electricity supplies and cannot offer laundry facilities for your riding gear. Please bring sufficient clothing for your entire ride.

Everything you'll need is here.

The Timber Trail Lodge is fully set up to receive bikers at the end of a day on the trail, and prepare them for another great day out riding.

There are hot showers, warm and spacious rooms, and an inviting warm fireplace.

The really nice lounge area opens onto a massive deck from where you can admire the view and watch riders arriving on the trail.

We have a drying room for wet gear.

Bike storage and servicing facilities are available, including a wash-down area, service stands and tools.

Timber Trail Lodge is situated at Piropiro, which is accessed via Koromiko Road and Ongarue Stream Road on the western side of Pureora Forest Park.

If you are coming from the north (Auckland, Hamilton etc), drive via Te Kuiti and follow State Highway 30 towards Benneydale.

If you are coming from the east (Rotorua, Taupo etc) also follow State Highway 30 via Benneydale.

Turn off SH30 onto Waimiha Rd towards Waimiha. Drive 15km then turn left onto Ongarue Stream Rd.

If you are coming from the south, drive through Taumarunui, then after 20km turn off State Highway 4 towards Ongarue on the Ongarue-Waimiha Rd. Drive about 20km, past the small town of Ongarue, and turn right onto Ongarue Stream Rd.

Continue on Ongarue Stream Rd for 6km, then right onto Kokomiko Rd which will take you to Piropiro. Once you get on to the gravel road you have another 15km on a narrow winding road to Piropiro so please drive carefully.

When you get to Piropiro drive through the camping area and turn right.

Follow the small signs to the lodge.

The GPS coordinates for the lodge are: -38.634865102427476, 175.4951126128435

Directions for parking at Bennett Road (Ongarue) - Trail end-point

The trail-end carpark is situated on Bennett Road, approximately 2km from the township of Ongarue.

This parking area is the arranged pick-up location for customers who have booked the all-inclusive package with lodge accommodation. Pre-arranged shuttles (Epic Cycle Adventures) will collect customers at 5.30pm with their bicycles and overnight bags, shuttling them into Piropiro and the Timber Trail Lodge.

Please allow plenty of time for your journey. The shuttle will only allow a 15-minute wait period from the arranged pick-up time. With many customers’ needs being catered for, it is important that this service runs to schedule.

Heading along SH 4, turn onto Ongarue-Waimiha Road. After 2 km, turn right into Ongarue Village Road cross the railway line and turn onto Bennett Road, following the signs to the trail-end and carpark about 2 km along Bennett Rd.

GPS coordinates for parking area are: -38.719964, 175.291884

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