OverviewTrail Status: Open
Pureora — Ongarue (2 days, 85km)
Rejuvenate your spirit with a ride through the ancient forests of the Timber Trail and expect to be wowed by the views.
Following old tramlines and specially designed track, the trail is a perfect weekend destination right in the centre of the North Island within easy reach of most of its main centres.
You’ll be amazed by the incredible scenery courtesy of eight large suspension bridges,the splendour of the forest, and the sounds of birdcalls as you meander 85km across the middle of the North Island.
The Timber Trail is a backcountry adventure and a measure of fitness will ensure you enjoy the ride and minimise any muscular injuries. Parts of the trail are quite remote and will require riders to be self-reliant or hire a guide.
- The trail rises to 980m above sea level and can be cold, even on a summer’s day. Riders are encouraged to carry warm clothing and wet weather gear at all times.
- There are minimal water stops along the trail - they include drinking water from a stream. Although the water is clean you may choose to carry water purification tablets.
- Cellphone coverage is minimal along the length of the trail.
- There are limited toilets along the trail.
- Riders are encouraged to carry an emergency locator beacon.
The Timber Trail begins in Pureora Forest Village and is accessed off SH30 between Te Kuiti and Mangakino. The trail may also be ridden from Ongarue, which can be accessed off SH4 between Te Kuiti and Taumarunui. For cyclists wishing to ride a day section, a third option is to begin in the middle of the trail at Piropiro campsite on Kokomiko Road.
Trail brochures, including maps, may be obtained online or from DOC offices nationwide.
The trail rises to sub-alpine altitude and the weather can never be taken for granted at that level.
Always ensure you carry wet weather gear and warm clothing regardless of the time of year you are cycling. The weather can change rapidly at high altitudes and hypothermia may hit before you or your team have an opportunity to seek help.