Things to See & Do

The information below is about some of the popular things which our guests like to see and do while they are enjoying their stay with us.

Neverlea Alpaca Farm

Nevalea Alpacas, the largest alpaca farm in New Zealand, is just down the road and home to over 900 friendly alpacas. We offer visitors a choice of activities including an opportunity to get up close to the alpacas, hand feed them and feel just how soft and cuddly they are. You can also buy products made from beautiful soft alpaca fibre.

Neverlea Alpacas

Lauren’s Lavender Farm

Lauren’s Lavendar Farm is 15kms outside Taumarunui, New Zealand on the “Forgotten World Highway” alongside the Whanganui River with scenic surroundings of lavender fields, farmland and bush.

Enjoy the beatiful surroundings from a refurbished farmhouse which contains a café and shop where you can purchase a wide range of lavender products.

Laurens Lavender Farm

Forgotten World Railcarts

Enjoy a self-driven Rail Cart tour along the decommissioned railway line of the Forgotten World Highway. Travel the railway line through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time forgot. Forgotten World Adventures shares a history unique to New Zealand. It’s truly unforgettable.

Choose to travel a segment of the line, or the entire 142 kilometres.

Forgotten World Railcarts

Fishing the Ongarue & Waimiha Rivers

The Ongarue River and its tributory the Waimiha River rise in the Pureora State Forest and join near the township of Waimiha. Both Rivers offer a local freshwater fishing experience while you are enjoying your stay at Timber Trail Farmstay but you will need to bring your gear and licence.

Fishing the Ongarue River

Endeans Mill – Waimiha

Take a short drive to Endean’s Mill Waimiha.

Although the sawmill has been closed for over 20 years the mill and much of its surrounding infrastructure still remains intact. Sprawled across 3 hectares lies a remarkable assortment of tram lines and bogies, vehicles, drying sheds, mill worker houses and stacked processed native timber. There is even a steam engine that originally powered the mill.

Endean's Mill photo taken in Jan 2016 by Dylan Owen

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a popular destination for hikers especially in the summer months due to its incredible mountain beauty and turquoise lakes. The 19.4km hike starts from the Mangatepopo Carpark (off State Highway 47, south of Lake Taupo) and is just 20 minutes from National Park Village, approximately an hour from Taumarunui.

Hikers at Tongariro National Park

Walk from Piropiro Flats to the Maramataha Bridge

Enjoy a brilliant (7.7 km) walk from Piropiro to the Maramataha Suspension Bridge and experience an amazing view of the surroundings. The walk takes approximately 1hr 35 minutes through Pureora Forest with magnificent podocarp forests of rimu, tōtara, miro, mātai and kahikatea, as well as some exotic forestry and more open vegetation offering extensive views of the surrounding landscape.

Maramataha suspension bridge

Tapuwae Garden

Tapuwae Garden is about a 15-20 minute drive from Timber Trail Farmstay heading towards Te Kuiti. The garden features mature rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, and cherries, plus many other varieties with New Zealand native birdlife, water gardens and views out to Mount Egmont and Mount Ruapehu on a clear day. Casuals welcome all year round but large groups are asked to book. Entry fee $5 per person. Parking on property.

Maramataha suspension bridge

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