TIMBER TRAIL CENTRE
in the heart of New Zealand's Countryside
TIMBER TRAIL CENTRE & YOUR HOSTS
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).
Please note that the Centre open from November to April each year.
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, as a wine-maker, paramedic (slums of Calcutta), entrepreneur 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 bought in Taumarunui (23 km away). For cyclists/walkers without a car, we can provide the following: (a) dinner ($25 pp), (b) big continental breakfast ($15), (c) pack lunch ($15).
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).
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.
SEE & DO
(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.
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
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.
(The Alpine Crossing)
"NZ's finest one-day walk" - Lonely Planet Travel Guide. We can't add much to that.
(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.