If you liked lockdown and the peace, quiet, tranquility and slow pace that came with it, you will love staying at the Flashpackers in Ōngarue.
It's the perfect spot if you're doing the Timber Trail. This time we didn't do the Timber Trail but rather went to enjoy the laid back pace of Ōngarue, visit Flashpackers super-cool host Rem to find out more about his new bicycle build project and cycle around the quiet country roads of Ōngarue.
Our last stay in Ōngarue saw us complete the Timber Trail - so much fun and such a beautiful part of NZ.
So Ōngarue is a small rural settlement on the west bank of the Ōngarue River, 24 kilometres north of Taumarunui. It was founded after the main trunk railway line reached the area in 1901 and was the end of the line until 1903.
Unlike most other bush tram routes, much of the Ongarue tram system survives unmodified, making it a nationally significant site which represents an important part of the timber industry and pioneering New Zealand.
Staying in the Flashpackers is a treat. Rem ensures that all your needs for cycling The Timber Trail through the beautiful Pureora Forest including accommodation, bike hire, transfers, hot showers, spa pool and secure overnight parking are taken care of. The house is super clean and cozy with lots of luxury.
The kitchen is modern and really well equipt but we chose to fire up the old stove and cook on that which felt very rustic and I'm sure our plant based 'sausies tasted even better as a result.
So if you're craving a Timber Trail adventure or just some serenity and calm, book a little stay at Flashpackers in Ōngarue. NZ country life at it's finest.