50 miles
6,009 ft
-7,242 ft
Avg time

The Timber Trail Details

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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

Access Info

Pureora is in the middle of no where. From Te Kuiti head southeast on Highway 30 for 55km's, then turn right onto Maraeroa Rd (with a sign for the Pa Harakeke Centre at the junction). Just after the centre, turn left onto Barryville Rd and travel another 2.5km's to the Pureora Visitor Centre.

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More Stats for The Timber Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,234 ft
  • Altitude min
    597 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,214 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,831 ft
  • Altitude end
    597 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    22 miles
  • Distance down
    26 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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on Sep 19, 2018
Avg: 4.75 (4 votes)

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The Timber Trail Trail Reports

Sep 19, 2018 @ 6:41am
Sep 19, 2018
A lot of remedial work appears to have taken place in the last few months with new metal, windfall/trees cleared, widening and realignment of...
Jun 27, 2018 @ 1:38pm
Jun 27, 2018
Upper peaks frozen trail with some light snow in patches above 900m, quite wet and muddy last 30km to Ongarue
Jun 11, 2018 @ 9:17pm
Jun 11, 2018
Large tree fall around 56-60km mark. Significant rutts at 78-80 km mark look to avoid.
Jun 11, 2018 @ 9:17pm
Jun 11, 2018
Large tree fall near 60km mark. Significant rutts between 78-80km look to avoid
Oct 22, 2017 @ 12:42am
Oct 22, 2017
Track completely open now. Slip was actually a big rock fall and left a dangerous overhang. All cleared as from 19th Oct.
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Jan 31, 2018 @ 6:52pm
Jan 31, 2018
| 1 comments The Timber Trail, Rotorua
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Oct 22, 2017 @ 12:48am
Oct 22, 2017
The Timber Trail, My City
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Oct 22, 2017 @ 12:48am
Oct 22, 2017
The Timber Trail, My City
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Oct 22, 2017 @ 12:47am
Oct 22, 2017
The Timber Trail, My City

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Nova Zelanda II, de Taupo al Tongariro...
2:32 | 395 | Feb 2, 2017 , Te Kuiti
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