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in the heart of New Zealand's Countryside


Timber Trail Centre is a little piece of heaven in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, at the end of the famous Timber Trail Cycle Way and close to many famous adventure and tourist attractions.  The grounds are 2 hectares of gardens, orchards and grassland, flowing down to a natural spring-fed stream and a trout-filled river.  Three three historic century-old buildings built of native timbers:  the Miller's Cottage (main accommodation for guests), the Old School (lounge and recreation rooms) and The Church (the oldest building in this part of NZ).  

All revenue from the Centre goes towards our non-profit film company (see below), through which we make videos/movies on key issues facing our Planet. Please note that the Centre is closed until 20 Jan 2020 because the Government has refused a visa for Sylvie due to COVID mania.

Your hosts, Marty and Sylvie, are fluent in four languages, have lived in seven countries and worked in over thirty - so right at home looking after guests from all around the world.  From May-October we live in Provence, France where we run a film company (www.mindfulworldfilms.com) and nature photography business (www.sacrednature.photo).

Before we bought the Centre, nine years ago, Marty worked in developing countries with the poor, then as an entrepreneur, winemaker and government policy advisor, and Sylvie ran her own organics business, worked in the health/wellness sectors, and on luxury yachts in the Mediterranean . 



Our century old Miller's Cottage has five bedrooms (all with en suites), and sleeps up to 11 guests.  There is a lounge, kitchen/dining room, laundry and veranda with small BBQ.  Guests can also enjoy our hot pool, and the dining/lounge/recreation rooms in our 110 year "Old School".




Guests have a full kitchen for their own use and food/alcohol can be purchased in Taumarunui (23 km away).  We can all provide a wide range of ingredients for dinner, breakfast and a pack lunch for a nominal amount.  These can be paid for via the Booking page.

There are relaxation opportunities galore at the Centre - a soak in our hot tub, a game of petanque , fishing in our river, a sunbathe by the awesome swimming hole........and of course you could do absolutely nothing, in one of our hammocks.

There's plenty of free car parking and a room for bike storage.  We can help with bicycle hire/transport, and minor repairs.  There are also repair shops/car garages in nearby Taumarunui.

Stay in Touch

Our WIFI's free - but the reception is not always perfect, as we are in the middle of nowhere.   Try to avoid using our connection for downloading movies while you are with us!

We can help you book your adventure programme too - cycling, canoeing,, trout fishing, jet boating, walking etc (see Blogs and See & Do pages).
Inner Calm
Your hosts have been practising yoga and Chi Gong for over 20 years and you are welcome to join us in free classes for either.  You're also welcome to borrow a book from our extensive library on inner and outer well being.




(for lots  more information on each of activity below, see our Blog page)

(Timber Trail Cycleway)

A spectacular ride, just next door, through beautiful forests and across a 140 m suspension bridge.  This is one of NZ's two most popular cycleways.

(Lake Taupo)

Turangi, on the edge of NZ's largest lake, has been named "World Capital of Trout Fishing".   You can also  go for a sail or visit the Maori cliff carvings by launch.

(Tongariro National Park)
The world's second National Park, with the impressive art deco Chateau, many great walks and the largest ski-fields in the southern hemisphere. 
Rail Cart Adventure
(Forgotten World Adventures)

Up to 3 days of adventure on your own rail cart, through magnificent forests, farmland and tunnels - nearly all the way to the west coast of NZ.

Caving & Glow Worms
(Waitomo Caves)

These are the most visited caves in the southern hemisphere, with a spectacular show of glow worms and, if you're keen, a black-water  raftingexperience.

Volcano Walk
(The Alpine Crossing)
"NZ's finest one-day walk" - Lonely Planet  Travel Guide.  We can't add much to that.
Canoing/Jet Boating
(Whanganui River Adventures)

Jetboating and canoing for up to four days, through specular forests and ravines, along NZ's longest navigatable river and a river that is sacred to NZ's Maori.

Journey Into the Past
(Republic of Whangamamona)
Follow the wild Forgotten World Highway and you'll arrive at Whangamamona - a self-proclaimed independent republic, with its own passports and president.
Mountaineering/Forest Walks
(Mt Taranaki)
Walk through forests dripping with moss or climb this magnificent volcano, NZ's most beautiful (this one's 3 hours drive from the Centre).


This was one of the most unique and wonderful places we’ve ever stayed. So much beautiful nature surrounding these gorgeous cottages. Amazing hosts that go above and beyond and they are fascinating to chat with too. Everything was clean and awesome including all the food. Thank you, we will be back. (Tasha, NZ)

Completely unique location, an eclectic collection of original buildings and decorations. Martyn and Sylvia were great hosts. We had dinner in the old school house, with silver candelabra and flowers. Excellent. (Jim, UK)

Staying at Marty & Sylvie’s place was a truly lovely experience. It was inspiring to see the space  that they have built around them and their lovely relation with the earth. The experience goes far beyond the concept of accommodation. I am looking forward to staying again! (Raphael, NZ)

An amazing hidden gem! Super comfortable stay with inspirational hosts. (Odonbayar, Mongolia)

Historic accommodation in a gorgeous setting. Bedroom was lovely and bed was comfortable. Perfect location for a rural NZ retreat and just a couple of minutes from the Timber Trail. I cooked myself but had food envy from what the others were eating! Marty even offered a free shower after I finished the trail. Would stay again. (Rochelle, NZ)

We've stayed at Timber Trail Centre several times and always love it.  Peaceful, beautiful, wonderful hosts. (Garth, NZ)



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