Activities

There is a great range of fun activities to be enjoyed, both in and around
the Timber Trail Centre.

At the Centre

The river that flows along the Centre, is full of trout, offers kayaking and there’s a 1000 square meter secluded swimming whole with beach and BBQ opportunities.

The Centre has a heated outdoor tub that seats 10 people, a wood-fired bath by a stream, electric bicycles to rent to explore the region, bees, chickens and alpacas, 120 feet of raised organic vegie gardens, and a pottery shed.

We also can arranged guided forest walks through the nearby forests and a cultural experience at the Maori Marae (meeting hall) across the river.

Near the Centre

The spectacular, newly opened $6m Timber Trail Cycle Way, rated one of the top 100 experiences to try in New Zealand by the Automobile Association and the North Island’s greatest Cycle Way.  The route traverses one of NZ’s great native forests, passes through tunnels and crosses several spectacular cycle swingbridges (up to 180 metres long).  The full length of the Cycle Way is 83 km, but an attractive second half is only 45 km and mostly downhill or flat, all the way to the Timber Trail Centre. 

The Forgotten World Rail Cart Trail a newly opened adventure which provides your own motorized rail carts, accommodation and food along an adventure lasting up to 4 days – along a private rail track all the way to the Taranaki region.

Tongariro National Park was only the second national park globally to be named as a world heritage site for its stunning beauty.  It is home to the largest ski-fields in the Southern Hemisphere, the famous Crossing Trek across alpine pastures and up to the volcano that was “Mt Doom” in the Lord of the Rings films and many other adventures.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves perhaps the world’s most famous glow-worm site with adventure along the underground rivers and caves where millions of glow worms live in the dark




Turangi, arguably the Trout Fishing Capital of the World, located on the shores of Lake Taupo, NZ’s largest lake, with plenty of boating facilities.

Forgotten World Highway which is  a spectacular drive through forests and farmlands to Mt Taranaki 200 km away

The deep gorges of the Whanganui River are a place of great spiritual significance to the indigenous Maori, where up to a week’s raft trips are available.