Guided and self-guided package tours available.
ABOUT THE TIMBER TRAIL:
The Timber Trail is more than a bike ride. It is an adventure that will take you back in time and give you a sense of accomplishment. This 2 day Great Ride is the perfect weekend getaway to a forgotten land in the Centre of the North Island. Set in the huge Pureora Forest with with towering native trees, the Timber Trail first climbs the culturally significant Mt Pureora reaching 1000m above sea level before beginning an undulating descent towards massive suspension bridges with inspiring views. The Timber Trail crosses 4 significant ecological zones and the trail is made up of a few different track types: singletrack, old logging roads, and last but not least the trail follows the route of an old logging tramway which provides some wider straighter trail with gentler gradients.
Timber Trail Map
Location: Pureora Forest, Central North Island, NZ. Length: 85km - most commonly ridden over 2 days
Grade: 2 - 3. Some sections are grade 2 (about 70% of the trail), the rest is grade 3.
Seasons: The Timber Trail now rides well year round.
The Timber Trail has 2 main sections:
Pureroa to Piropiro Campsite 40km (day 1)
Piropiro Campsite to Ongarue 45km (day 2)
* Alternatively, if you do the trail over 2 days and overnight at Black Fern Lodge the daily distances are different (41km on day 1, and 56km on day 2).
The Timber Trail is in a remote area
The only public road access to the trail is at Pureora Village (the start), Ongarue (the end) and Piropiro Campsite (the midway point).
There is NO mobile reception for 95% of the trail. We strongly advise cyclists use our guiding service for safety purposes, or at minimum carry a Personal Locator Beacon. Contact us for details.
|Getting to the Timber Trail: Driving time from major centres:|
|Start of the trail:||End of the trail:|
|Taupo to Pureora............||1h 10min||Taumarunui to Ongarue.....||0h 25min|
|Hamilton to Pureora........||2h 0min||Taupo to Ongarue..............||2h 10min|
|Auckland to Pureora.......||3h 15min||Wellington to Ongarue.......||5h 0min|
Note: Do not use SatNav (or similar GPS navigation devices) to find Pureora / start of the trail. It will most likely send you to the wrong place, sometimes 1hr from where you need to be. Use the maps we will send you once you book with us.
Where to park at the Timber Trail:
North end of the trail - Pureora Village: at the Timber Trail Car park at the Nga Haerenga West Campsite.
South end of the trail - Ongarue: In the Timber Trail car park at the north end of Ongarue Village by the school. OR at the Bennett Rd Car Park 2.7km from Ongarue where track ends and meets the road.
Also note: Tread Routes also offers round trip transport from Taupo.
Best places to stay while riding the Timber Trail:
Timber Trail Lodge - a new lodge directly on the trail at the midway point. It is available as part of our Timber Timber Trail Package.
Black Fern Lodge - a rideable 6km off the trail. It is available as part of our Black Fern Package.
Piropiro Campsite - a basic DOC campsite, right on the trail at the midway point. There are no huts you can sleep in, there is no power and no drinking water. You must supply all your own camping gear, food and water.
SHUTTLE PRICING - Contact us to book
* Baggage transfers to and from the Piropiro Campsite and/or Black Fern Lodge are available on request. Also check out our Black Fern Package.
Guiding: Tread Routes is your Central North Island mountain bike guide, we have the largest range of trails to choose from and offer the most options. Our expert guides will not only show you way and provide insight into our land, but also teach you some bike skills as we go. With our guided experience you can be assured that you are in the best of care while in our remote wilderness.
Bike hire: We provide high quality hard tail mountain bikes for $60 per day. Most of our hire bike are in the $1000 - $1500 retail price range. High end dual suspension bikes are available on request. For your enjoyment it is important that you hire the right size bike, so we are here to help. When you contact us to make your booking the right information to get you on the right size bike. Helmets are provided with bike hire.
This video helps to provide a little insight into the type of experience the Timber Trail can offer. However, it's important to note that the video does not provide an accurate representation of the physical and technical difficulty of the trail. Also, Black Fern Lodge and the Maori cultural experience illustrated is not included in every package. Other accommodation options are available around the trail.
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