Home' Waitomo News : 17 May 2016 Contents A $3.5 million 80-bed lodge is being built in
Pureora Forest Park for the growing number
of cyclists and walkers using the Timber Trail
The Timber Trail Lodge is being built by
a group of mainly King Country investors at
Piropiro Flats, the 84km trail’s midway point.
Construction is due to begin next month.
Project manager Bruce Maunsell of Te Kuiti
says the first stage, including the lodge hub and
10 rooms for up to 25 guests will open during
The Timber Trail – part of the New Zealand
Cycleway (Te Haerenga) – is a two-day mountain
bike ride attracting more than 8000 riders a year.
The trail opened in 2013, at a cost of $5 mil-
It includes several specially built pedestrian
and cycle swing bridges spanning spectacular
gorges, including New Zealand’s longest – Mara-
mataha Suspension Bridge – at 141m.
“Excellent interpretive signage provided by
the Department of Conservation (DOC) enables
users to learn about the natural and human his-
tory of the area while they travel along the trail,”
says Mr Maunsell.
“Further development of the trail and the vital
economic benefits it offers to the North King
Country has been constrained due to a lack of
Cycling advocate and co-author of Classic New
Zealand Mountain Bike Rides Jonathan Kennett is
an enthusiastic supporter of the project.
“ This lodge is just what the Timber Trail
needs to take it from good to great among New
Zealand’s best cycleways,” he says.
Mr Maunsell says as well as providing ac-
commodation for the growing numbers of New
Zealanders visiting the trail, the lodge fits well
with the burgeoning cycle tourism sector.
“It will provide attractive options for higher
value international visitors and help to grow
the New Zealand tourism industry towards its
Tourism 2025 objectives.”
He says the lodge will also enable economic
development of the region through creation and
expansion of support businesses, other enter-
prises and employment.
Set to employ up to six staff during peak
periods the lodge will also work closely with
transport operators and tour companies.
Mr Maunsell says construction and sub-
contracted services will be carried out by King
Country businesses and the developers have
worked closely with DOC to ensure it meets strict
Pureora Forest Park is a 78,000ha area of
protected forest that includes some of the largest
most outstanding tracts of NZ podocarp forest.
Anti-logging protests in the 1970s ended na-
tive forest logging and the permanent preserva-
tion of the remaining forest.
The area is home to endangered bird species
including kokako, whio (blue duck), kaka, kaka-
riki and North Island robin.
The area is also rich in Maori history with Mt
Pureora being of particular significance to the
The Timber Trail mostly runs through DOC
land from Pureora to Ongarure
It is a Grade 3 trail making it suitable for mod-
erately experienced and capable riders.
It has also become a popular walking trail for
one day and multi-day walks.
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COMFORT STOP: Building is due to start next month on the first stage of the Timber Trail Lodge at Piropiro Flats, midway along the 84km Timber Trail through Pureora Forest Park. IMAGE
$3.5 million lodge for trail
GROWING SECTOR: Timber Trail Lodge
project manager Bruce Maunsell says as well
as providing accommodation for the growing
numbers using the trail the new facilty will fit
well with the burgeoning cycle tourism sector.
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