Timber Trail Tramway Day Trip
Includes bike hire and a one way shuttle. You meet us at the end of the Timber Trail and will be shuttled to the start point. Emergency beacon also included.
$105 - $135 per person
- 1 way shuttle from Ongarue to Pureora
- Bike hire
- Emergency Beacon
- Great information
See below for details, options & extras.
Trail grades are based on technical difficulty only.
This video was produced by Tourism New Zealand and 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.
About this Package
Experience the amazing Pureora Forest and glide across valleys on huge suspension bridges. You will be intrigued by stories from NZ’s pioneering native Timber Industry days as you ride the route of an old logging tramway.
The Timber Trail is an 85km grade 2-3 trail that is ridden over 2 days. The second section of the Timber Trail is included in this package, so you start from the ‘halfway’ point on the Timber Trail at Piropiro and ride 45km to the end in Ongarue. Our package includes all the necessities to make your adventure enjoyable, easy to plan, and easy to book.
$135 per person if you book 4 or 5 people
$120 per person if you book 6 or 7 people
$105 per person if you book 8 to 11 people
These are the inclusions of the base package. Also see the optional extras below and don’t hesitate to ask us about further customisation.
A one-way shuttle from Ongarue (end of the trail) to Piropiro (the midpoint of the Timber Trail) is included. We will drop you off at the Piropiro Campsite or the nearby Timber Trail Lodge. We also offer round trip transport from Taupo as an optional extra.
Bike Hire – Hard Tail (front suspension) for 1 full day
Our bikes are high quality and are serviced between every use. They come standard with flat pedals, but we can fit Shimano SPD pedals for you on request. Full suspension mountain bikes and E Bikes are available (see optional extras).
Emergency Locator Beacon
We prioritise safety on our tours and make use of great technology.
Great service from guides who know the trail
We know that communication is important in planing a cycling adventure. We also know you need accurate information about the trail itself. We are riders and guides so know the trail and the logistics intimately. We can answer any of your questions.
High-end full suspension mountain bikes $120 per day
E-bikes (electric mountain bikes) are available in hard tail and full suspension models. Contact us for more details
Our bikes are high quality and are serviced between every use. They come standard with flat pedals, but we can fit Shimano SPD pedals for you on request
Round trip / two-way transport
We provide round trip transport from Taupo or other Central North Island locations. We can shuttle you from your accommodation to the start of your ride at Piropiro (midpoint of the Timber Trail) and then shuttle you back to your accommodation from Ongarue at the end of the Timber Trail. Because of the proximity to he trail, and the huge range of accommodation and dining options, Taupo is a great place to spend the night before or after your ride.
$30 extra per person if you book 2 to 3 people
$20 extra per person if you book 4 to 7 people
$15 extra per person if you book 8 to 11 people
We can include accommodation in Taupo, or the Timber Trail Lodge for the night(s) before and/or after the the ride. Ask us for options.
Having a guide is a great way to maximise the enjoyment of the ride. Our guides will not only show riders the way, they will also brief riders on upcoming trail segments. A guide can explain some of the history and geography of the area. Our guides know the emergency access points and where the hazardous parts of the trail are. Contact us for details and pricing.
We can pick up your group from Taupo, Rotorua, or Auckland airports. Contact us for pricing.
Throughout your ride on the Timber Trail huge suspension bridge will allow you glide across valleys, and you will be intrigued by stories from NZs pioneering native Timber Industry days as you ride the route of an old logging tramway.
8:30am Shuttle pick up in Ongarue
It is a 1hr shuttle to Piropiro involving a long narrow gravel road
9:30am Shuttle drop off at Piropiro
Our driver will provide a briefing about your ride before you depart
The ride: Piropiro To Ongarue • 45km • Grade 2
You will experience more fantastic native bush, amazing suspension bridges that have been built specifically for the trail, and interesting timber industry history as the trail follows the route of an old logging tramway. There is more descending than climbing (but don’t be fooled, it is not all downhill).
3:00 Bike pick up in Ongarue
Once you reach the end of the trail, one of our staff will collect the bikes from you.
The rich natural and cultural story provides a fascinating insight to the region that is best displayed and explained from the trail. Ask us about guided options for this tour.
This package includes accommodation at the Timber Trail Lodge in an ensuite room.
The Timber Trail Lodge has been built specifically for the Timber Trail, and is right next to the trail at Piropiro. The Timber Trail Lodge is modern, professional, and is designed with socialising in mind, the large lounge and dining areas have a fire place and comfy seating. The deck has amazing views of native bush and is a great place to bask in the sun after an amazing ride. There are double/twin and triple rooms with ensuite or shared bathroom facilities. The ensuite rooms are included as standard in our packages on the scheduled dates.
A moderate to high fitness level is required for this tour.
The shortest day is 40km and the longest day is either 45km or 56km (depending on your date/accommodation location on the Timber Trail). You should expect to be on your bike for around 5-6hrs per day (this includes a little stopped/rest time on the trail).
You will need some off-road biking experience to safely complete this tour.
Most the Timber Trail is Grade 2, but 15km of it is Grade 3. If you are not sure what the trail grades mean, please visit our Trail Grades page. If you have no mountain biking or off-road cycling experience, this tour may not be the best choice, you should consider our Cycle Trail Tour.
The group size for this tour can be anywhere from 4 to 10 people.
Singles or couples may join other groups to share in transport if applicable to make up the minimum numbers. The minimum of 4 people is due to the length of the shuttle journeys and associated time and running costs. Ask us whether we have others going on the dates you are interested in.
On self-guided tours you are not expected to ride with the other people booked on the tour. It is designed for “at your own pace” riding. You may simply like to catch up with the other riders and share some tales from the trail over a meal at your accommodation.
On fully guided exclusive tours (where you have a guide dedicated to your group), the guide will informally structure the ride so the group can stay together as much as possible. After all, cycling is a social activity, and we help to ensure it’s fun for everyone.
Do we need to take the shuttle from Taupo or can we meet you at the trail?
No, you don’t have to take the shuttle from Taupo. If you prefer to meet us at the trail, we will meet you at the start (Pureora Village) on Day 1 and you can leave your car there. At the end of Day 2 we will shuttle you back to your car.
Can Taupo accommodation in Taupo be included?
Yes. We can book it for you at one of our preferred providers, but it will subject to a booking fee that is the equivalent of 15% of the Taupo accommodation price.
Can you recommend any accommodation providers in Taupo?
Yes. The Taupo Millennium Hotel, Beech Tree Suites Motel, and Huka Falls Resort are all great options. Taupo also has a great many holiday houses for rent that may suit your group. Check out www.bookabach.co.nz or www.holidayhouses.co.nz
What if I only want to ride 1 of the 2 days?
No problem. Just let us know when you book and we will discuss details. If you are concerned about distance and fitness levels, it’s best for you to skip day 1, because that is the harder day. We will explain about transport to the lodge.
Which day is harder?
Although the first day is shorter, it is harder. The first day includes lots of singletrack and lots of climbing…. but the forest is amazing!
Can I hire a bike from you?
Yes. We have hard tail and full suspension models available and will help you choose the right bike for the tour. We can also supply E-bikes. All our bikes are high quality and very well maintained.
Should I hire a guide?
It largely depends on your level of cycling experience and what you aim to get out of the ride. There are a lot of different elements packed into our guiding service: safety management, historical and geographical interpretation, riding skills tips, mechanical support, emergency management, and more. We know how to help you get the most out of the ride. Contact us for more info.
Why does this tour include different Timber Trail accommodation on different dates?
There are two great accommodation providers near the midpoint of the Timber Trail. Black Fern Lodge has existed for a long time, while the Timber Trail Lodge is brand new. They each have their own style and benefits, and we know that riders have different tastes so we have reserved dates a each one. Ask us more about each one.