The Timber Trail Details
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
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.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Timber Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,234 ft
Altitude min597 ft
Altitude max3,214 ft
Altitude start1,831 ft
Altitude end597 ft
Distance climb23 miles
Distance down26 miles
Distance flat2 miles
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
The Timber Trail Trail Reports
Oct 22, 2017 @ 12:42amOct 22, 2017
|Track completely open now. Slip was actually a big rock fall and left a dangerous overhang. All cleared as from 19th Oct.|
Oct 17, 2017 @ 8:21pmOct 17, 2017
|First half clear, second half is blocked near the end due to a slip. Still not open and unfortunately DOC aren't in the best books with some...|
Mar 17, 2017 @ 9:29pmMar 17, 2017
|wet and track in poor condition heading south from piropiro, lots of muddy waterlogged. ruts across the path. few treefalls before the spiral....|
Jan 6, 2017 @ 1:24pmJan 6, 2017
|We rode The Timber Trail two days after a rainy day. It dried out reasonably well but there are sections of trail that never see sunlight or are...|
Feb 5, 2016 @ 10:05pmFeb 5, 2016
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