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BOOKINGS are now being taken for the first guests to stay at the newly
constructed Timber Trail Lodge in Pureora Forest Park.
After five years of planning, a 10-room standard wing, which can sleep
up to 25 people, is now complete with the doors being opened to the public
on April 12. A second 10-room en suite wing, which also sleeps 25, will
open in October.
Construction on the $3.5 million lodge at Piropiro, began in October
to cater for the growing number of cyclists and walkers using the popular
The lodge is located at the midway point of the 84km long trail which
runs from Pureora Village through Pureora Forest Park to Ongarue.
Although April is near the end of the 2016/2017 cycle season, project
manager Bruce Maunsell of Te Kuiti says reservations are coming thick
“Everything to date has just gone as clockwork and there hasn’t been a
glitch really,” he says.
“We are already booked solid for Easter which was our target because we
wanted to open a week before Easter and then the two weekends following
that we are almost full again which is a great start.”
Mr Maunsell says Clement Holgate and Nicola Smallwood have been
appointed to manage the lodge.
Mr Holgate, from Otago, has previously worked as a marketing and
events manager for Giant Bicycles NZ and Ms Smallwood from Auckland
was previously a logistics manager for Oxfam NZ helping organise large
scale events such as the annual Trailwalker.
“The finishing touches such as carpeting, furniture, artwork and land-
scaping are now being added to ensure everything is ready when the first
“It’s been five years of herding cats, but we can now see the light at the
end of the tunnel and all the signs are good for the future,” he says.
“Although [bookings] start to wind down in April, it still gives us the
opportunity to find our feet and develop our systems so that when all the
rooms are available we’ll have a good feel for it and know what needs to
change to make it even better.”
When both wings are open, Mr Maunsell expects the lodge will employ
up to six fulltime staff.
Lodge bookings open,
new managers chosen
THE first 10-room standard wing for the Timber Trail Lodge is now complete and bookings have opened. A second wing, which also sleeps 25
will open in October. PHOTO SUPPLIED
OPINION is divided when it comes to
building a $200 million dairy factory in
A total of 70 submissions have been
received with 35 indicating their approval
and 35 opposed or neutral – most of which
were received in the final days of the al-
lotted time from December 7-January 27.
In November, the Otorohanga District
Council received a resource consent ap-
plication from Happy Valley Milk Ltd to
build the factory on the corner of SH31 and
Redlands Rd with two 8-tonne per hour
dryers producing high-value nutritional
milk powder products.
After assessing the application, the
council decided to proceed with public
consultation stating on its website: “the
activity proposed will have or is likely to
have adverse effects on the environment that
are more than minor”.
ODC environmental services man-
ager Andrew Loe says 28 submitters have
elected to speak to their submission at a
hearings expected to take place in April.
“We have to notify a hearing date within
45 working days of the submissions clos-
ing,” he says.
“ That would be around the middle of
March so I would hazard a guess and say
the second or third week of April [for the
Mr Loe says the high number of sub-
missions is due to the size and impact the
proposed dairy factory could have on the
“Seventy submissions is pretty big for us.
“It’s a huge project. The scale of the
building is of a similar size or larger than
the Yashili plant at Pokeno.
“So the scope of this project probably
warrants the amount of public interest
that it is receiving. Game changing is one
way of looking at it because it could have
a profound impact on the town for one or
two generations, maybe longer.”
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