Luxury rustic accommodation, a unique one stop experience amidst the warmth & wonders of New Zealand's Natural Beauty & History

About us:



Established in 1998, Blackfern Lodge is a family run business in the heart of Pureora – the 1st accommodation provider to the Timber Trail since 2013.  We are located at 1847 and 1731 Ongarue Stream Road, Waimiha, deep in the valley, where time stands still.

There is a direct well marked track from the main Timber Trail 35km marker, we’re about 6 kms to the Lodge, spa pool and dinner!

The Lodge comprises of 5 different en-suite rooms – ideal for couples, or groups – accommodating up to 12 people.  The perfect place to relax and unwind after a day’s cycling.  Enjoy a soak in the hot tub / spa under the stars at the end of the day.  

The Forge is situated a kilometre further downstream, and comprises of 4 en-suite bedrooms, ideal for families or large groups. The rustic charm of the converted woolshed will delight you.


Be amazed by our majestic waterfall, ‘whio’(native blue duck), native orchids, long fin eel, rainbow trout feeding, short tail bats, glow worms and exquisite bird life. This is accredited to the Park family, and their trapping programme of 15 years, and the conservation efforts of Blackfern Lodge.  A truly kiwi experience – unplug from technology and plug into nature!

We offer All-inclusive packages, to make your Timber Trail Adventure as easy and seamless as possible.  Enjoy our home-cooked meals, or self-cater – the choice is yours.  

We operate our own shuttles, bag and car transfers, meals and bike hire exclusively for our guests – so no waiting for confirmations!

Call Rachael & Mark today. ONE call does it all!



Blackfern Lodge is at the spearhead of conservation of the Whio Blue Duck, Rainbow Trout and many other native species in the area. It is so important to us that these natural wonders are looked after now and for the generations to come.

Eco Walk

Take a 3hr Ecological Nature Walk along the banks of the Ongarue River. A one stop experience amidst the wealth and wonders at Blackfern Lodge. Enjoy the undisturbed sound and creativity of Papatūānuku (Mother Nature). The night skies alive the Glowworms, Morepork and the sound of the Kiwi. All in this natural unspoiled environment.

The Timber Trail


After a fantastic first day on the Timber Trail, ride into the relaxed atmosphere at Blackfern Lodge.  Unspoiled natural surroundings and warm hospitality will cap off a memorable day in the very special Pureora Forest.


Booking your Timber Trail experience is as easy as selecting your dates, booking a room and adding the package selected into the notes....
Prices based on min 2 persons, for larger groups please call or email us
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07 8947677