48 miles
7,228 ft
-8,417 ft
3,267 ft
High Point

From Pureora village, this trail heads south through four ecologically significant areas, passing 800 year old trees, a bush tramway and historic timber milling sites along the way. It has some of NZ's highest and longest suspension bridges, a tunnel at the Ongarue Spiral and interesting interpretation panels along the trail.

The trail is 85km long and made up by: 40% old bush tramlines, 35% new single track, and 25% new and old logging roads. Can be done by the fit over one day, or for a more leisurely trip, 2 days staying at a camp site or booking accommodation at Blackfern Lodge.

The trail is marked with blue and orange directional markers showing kilometre sections of the trail. The numbers are identical regardless of the direction you’re riding. Trail brochures, including maps, may be obtained online or from DOC offices nationwide.

Best ridden in the Pureora to Ongarue direction as this is mostly downhill.

Information about accommodation around the trail is listed at www.timbertrailaccommodation.co.nz

See the official website for more info: http://www.thetimbertrail.com

Also see the NZ Cycle Trail website: http://www.nzcycletrail.com/timber-trail

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Manawatu Mountain Bike Club (www.mmbc.co.nz)
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More Stats for The Timber Trail mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,189 ft
  • Altitude min
    617 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,822 ft
  • Altitude end
    634 ft
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  • Distance climb
    19 miles
  • Distance down
    21 miles
  • Distance flat
    8 miles
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