New lodge for Timber Trail
A new eco-friendly lodge at the mid-point of the popular Timber Trail will offer cyclists the chance to break up their ride in comfort.
At present people who want to ride the whole 85km grade 3 trail, one of New Zealand's Great Rides, must either complete the trail in one day, ride off the trail to the closest accommodation or camp en route. An estimated 6000 people cycled the trail in 2016.
Bookings are being taken now for the first wing of the lodge which provides for 25 guests, with a second wing and further 25 beds due to open in October. A selection of room choices, group facilities, and all inclusive packages are available.
The area is rich in history and runs mostly through remote and scenic Department of Conservation managed native forests.
With a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental integrity, the lodge has been built to an environmentally sensitive design, including an offgrid power system which is planned to be running from 95% solar within the first three years.
Guests will be able to experience sustainability in practice, with systems such as a biodynamic waste water treatments providing cleansed water to fertilise plants.
Lodge staff, and willing visitors, will be involved in local initiatives to replant areas of forestry, control weeds and pests, and protect the native podocarp forest.
For more info and bookings: www.timbertraillodge.co.nz