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“Rude, upleasant to what initially could have been a lovely stay.”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Black Fern Lodge

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Black Fern Lodge
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Rude, upleasant to what initially could have been a lovely stay.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

The owner & people running the place are rude, curt & generally unpleasant. All 8 of us that stayed there were surprised such people are in the hospitality business. Also, be aware, the accommodation is several relatively hard kilometers from the Timber Trail, so plan that in when arriving & leaving from the Timber Trail (& for that matter when driving to the lodge via road).

The actual accommodation is good, the setting beautiful.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

I have been trying to make contact with these people for ages. They do not respond to emails or phone messages. When I finally did manage to raise someone on the phone I got the distinct impression that they do not know how to run a hospitality business.
Basil Fawlty without the rudeness.
It is a shame because it looks like a great place. However, I may never get there

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

I arrived without a booking whilst doing a cycling tour having been given bad information in my guide book. The Blackfern trail is an appallingly steep track and more like 8k than the 6 advertised. It's also littered with obstacles.
The owner insulted and swore at me for 10 minutes before he calmed down enough to direct me to a nonexistent domain camp probably just to get rid of me. A simple "sorry we're full" would have been enough. He was the mist unfriendly kiwi I've met by a long way.

I'd take the 30k detour back to Piropiro flats campsite over trying to get back on the timber trail via blackfern trail any day, it really is that awful. The timber trail is brilliant though.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Wellington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed two nights in the Forge with a party of 5 - fantastic and charming place to stay - quirky possibly sums it up. We had two private rooms for our party - there was another private room that another couple was using, and there were also bunks in the main kitchen/lounge and also in the room that had the shared bathrooms - I felt a bit sorry for the people sleeping in the lounge when we got up super early for breakfast so we could have an early start on the trail! We really enjoyed staying here - the accommodation was fun, the area is beautiful, and the timber trail was fantastic. My only two caveats -
- over the Christmas holiday they were clearly busier than they were used to, and some of the administrative details were falling through the cracks a bit - while they organised everything promised (hire bikes and shuttles), it was was hard getting both confirmation and the details, and the arrangements weren't flexible. I'm sure this will get better as they get used to the popularity of the trail.
- the track from the timber trail to the lodge was much harder work than I expected - and everyone else staying at the same time as us said that too - it was just under 7km, but included a significant hill. It mightn't have been so bad it I had been expecting it, but I had thought it was all going to be down hill .... also the Timber Trail has very regular marker posts which had spoiled me a bit, but I hated not knowing how far I had to go.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

See my review of the Timber Trail on this site. Situated at the end of Ongarue Stream Road this cute Lodge is now perfectly situated to pander to the riders and walkers of the Timber Trail. It is approx. 8km off the timber trail (bike or walk) situated beside the Ongarue Stream and surrounded by the best of King Country bush and remnants of the timber industry of days long gone. The Lodge provides very good value at approx. $100/night for a gr8 dinner, soft cosy bed and a hearty breakfast. Beer $5 a bottle (very good considering the distance from a supply) wine well priced and best of all the hot shower after what can be a very muddy, wet ride from Pureora.
Some suggestions for little improvements to help the tied biker: A drying room. Somewhere to hang clothing in the room. A shelter and wash down hose for bikes and a wee bit more pressure at the shower. The Forge is about 700m down stream from the Lodge. I only had a peep inside and it looked great. A planning tip: Drive to the Lodge. Arrange for the owners to shuttle you back to the trail head at Pureora (about 30min). Ride the first half of the tail back to the lodge (about 49 km). Ride the second half to Ongarue the next day and the Lodge will collect you and take you back to your vehicle (about 30min). The Lodge itself is really cosy. You can take your own liquid supplies so long as you take the empties home with you. The hosts are a great couple and I wish them well. I would like to go back even for the w/e just to chill out in a beautiful environment.

Room Tip: The fitness centre is the Timber Trail. Beats any city centre. Use the Lodge as your base for rides...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

The Lodge was perfect accommodation for cycling the Timber Trail but also an intriguing destination experience in it's own right. Picture perfect setting as far away from the city as you can get with a cozy farm atmosphere, the stream and waterfall nearby just a few of the pleasant surprises that made my stay really enjoyable. We got there in time for Maria's directions on heating the prepared meals in the well appointed kitchen with all facilities - which was easy and the meals were great, loved that berry tart dessert! Slept well in comfortable room then breakfast (equally good) then off with the shuttle in morning to Pureora for the first half of the Timber Trail - ending back at the Lodge later that day.
I thoroughly recommend Black Fern Lodge, whether you are biking the timber trail or just to get away from it all. The hosts are lovely people with a connection to the history of the place and happy to share their knowledge - very accommodating all round. Look forward to my next visit with the family now that I am hooked.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Five of us arrived wet and muddy from the day's cycling the Timber Trail in the rain. We really appreciated the warm welcome, pot of soup waiting even though we were self-catering. Hot showers and efficient fire place soon warmed us up. Great facilities and lovely setting...would like to have stayed longer!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Black Fern Lodge
Address: Ongarue Stream Road, RD1 1847 | Waimiha, Te Kuiti, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Te Kuiti
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Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Te Kuiti
Number of rooms: 6

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