NZ Cycle trail Great Ride through native, bush, over large suspension bridges, tunnels and midway accommodation

Timber Trail NZ

NZ Cycle trail Great Ride through native, bush, over large suspension bridges, tunnels and midway accommodation

Timber Trail NZ

NZ Cycle trail Great Ride through native, bush, over large suspension bridges, tunnels and midway accommodation

1 or 2 days (42km or 87km) Between Taumaranui and Mangakino
  • Highlights:
  • Native Fauna
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Midway Accommodation
 
DETAILS

Pass native bush areas, tunnels, NZ's highest and longest suspension bridge and historic timber milling sites. A mix of gravel trail and single track. Commonly done over 2 days, one way, but 1 day is also possible. The trail is generally pedaled from north to south, and as such starts at the northern end at the Pureora Forest Park and finishes in the Southern end in Ongarue (this makes the overall trail downhill).

DURATION
This can be done as a day trip but makes for a long day, and not for those who haven't been training.
42km - Day 1: Ride over the highest pass on the trail, take time to head up to the summit and take in the views out toward Taupo and Mt Ruapehu.
45km - Day 2: The southern section has good hill to begin and from here is mostly a downhill gradient, the trail takes you through old mill remains, tunnels and more. If wanting a day trip, parking in Ongarue, being dropped in Piropiro and cycling back is the most common as Day 2 is known as the more spectacular day.
87km - 1 Day: Smash both sections out in a day, for fit riders only.

Do it in two days and stay overnight in the middle, our favorite way of enjoying the trail.

Here's a map to shed some light on the start, middle and end points.

DIFFICULTY
It's rated as a grade 2 trail, which means it's an intermediate trail with no technical sections. It's mostly a wide gravel path however there are narrower single track sections in the southern section.

For more trail detail see the Official Timber trail website.

ACCOMMODATION
There are several accommodation options halfway along the trail, around Piropiro. These are great if you're doing the trail in two stages, or stay overnight before doing stage two (southern).

  • Timber trail lodge, brand new in 2016 and directly on the trail. It's an excellent place to stay - great lounge and deck for socialising, eating, drinking and cosy rooms. And if you've got an e-bike, they've got charging points outside next to where you can hang your bike.
  • Go camping. Epic Cycle Adventures offer a camping packages, they'll transport you and your bike as well as organise drop off all the camping equipment at the camp site in Piropiro to be waiting for you and collect it again the next day.
  • Black fern lodge, an atmospheric lodge about 7km km off the main trail, located in a tranquil spot with lush native forest, streams and waterfalls close by.

LOGISTICS
There's a wide variety of options but here is the most highly recommended way to go about sorting your logistics.
Park at the trail finish (Ongarue) and get the early morning shuttle to the start (Pureora) to ride the entire trail in a full day or organise your bed at one of the lodges or a campsite and bag transfer with Epic Cycle Adventures and take two days to complete the trail. By parking at the finish you can take as much (or as little) time as you want to pedal the sections of trails. Not being required to meet a shuttle to be collected and returned to your car simplifies your logistics and gets you back on the road headed home in the simplest fashion.

If you have a long drive and cannot make the morning shuttle easily the alternative option is to depart from Ongarue on the evening shuttle to be transported to one of the accommodation providers again, the following morning be transported from your accommodation provider to the trail start, pedaling back to your accommodation provider for your second nights stay (or just cycle the second half of the trail back to your car). The following morning you cycle the remaining second half of the trail. This allows more flexibility if you require a long drive to get to Ongarue and to make the morning shuttle is not easy.

  • The shuttles will drop you at any of the locations mentioned above of; Piropiro, Pureora or Ongarue.
  • If you're staying overnight then you'll have luggage, for a small fee you can have the shuttle move it for you instead of carrying it. The shuttle will take your luggage to your accommodation and in the morning shuttle it back to your parked car to be waiting for you. They'll take your car keys, drop the bags into your car, and you collect keys from them when you arrive back.

FAMILIES

  • Although the trail is fairly mild and reasonable for an active family, given the 2 stages are around 45km each with almost no facilities in the middle means you need to be confident your children have the endurance.

USEFUL LINK
Timber Trail New Zealand website
Timber Trail Lodge
Black Fern Lodge


Bike Hire

Bike Hire | Ongarue
Epic Cycle Adventures
NZ Cycle trail Great Ride through native, bush, over large suspension bridges, tunnels and midway accommodation

Timber Trail NZ

NZ Cycle trail Great Ride through native, bush, over large suspension bridges, tunnels and midway accommodation

Timber Trail NZ

NZ Cycle trail Great Ride through native, bush, over large suspension bridges, tunnels and midway accommodation

1 or 2 days (42km or 87km) Between Taumaranui and Mangakino
  • Highlights:
  • Native Fauna
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Midway Accommodation
 
DETAILS

Pass native bush areas, tunnels, NZ's highest and longest suspension bridge and historic timber milling sites. A mix of gravel trail and single track. Commonly done over 2 days, one way, but 1 day is also possible. The trail is generally pedaled from north to south, and as such starts at the northern end at the Pureora Forest Park and finishes in the Southern end in Ongarue (this makes the overall trail downhill).

DURATION
This can be done as a day trip but makes for a long day, and not for those who haven't been training.
42km - Day 1: Ride over the highest pass on the trail, take time to head up to the summit and take in the views out toward Taupo and Mt Ruapehu.
45km - Day 2: The southern section has good hill to begin and from here is mostly a downhill gradient, the trail takes you through old mill remains, tunnels and more. If wanting a day trip, parking in Ongarue, being dropped in Piropiro and cycling back is the most common as Day 2 is known as the more spectacular day.
87km - 1 Day: Smash both sections out in a day, for fit riders only.

Do it in two days and stay overnight in the middle, our favorite way of enjoying the trail.

Here's a map to shed some light on the start, middle and end points.

DIFFICULTY
It's rated as a grade 2 trail, which means it's an intermediate trail with no technical sections. It's mostly a wide gravel path however there are narrower single track sections in the southern section.

For more trail detail see the Official Timber trail website.

ACCOMMODATION
There are several accommodation options halfway along the trail, around Piropiro. These are great if you're doing the trail in two stages, or stay overnight before doing stage two (southern).

  • Timber trail lodge, brand new in 2016 and directly on the trail. It's an excellent place to stay - great lounge and deck for socialising, eating, drinking and cosy rooms. And if you've got an e-bike, they've got charging points outside next to where you can hang your bike.
  • Go camping. Epic Cycle Adventures offer a camping packages, they'll transport you and your bike as well as organise drop off all the camping equipment at the camp site in Piropiro to be waiting for you and collect it again the next day.
  • Black fern lodge, an atmospheric lodge about 7km km off the main trail, located in a tranquil spot with lush native forest, streams and waterfalls close by.

LOGISTICS
There's a wide variety of options but here is the most highly recommended way to go about sorting your logistics.
Park at the trail finish (Ongarue) and get the early morning shuttle to the start (Pureora) to ride the entire trail in a full day or organise your bed at one of the lodges or a campsite and bag transfer with Epic Cycle Adventures and take two days to complete the trail. By parking at the finish you can take as much (or as little) time as you want to pedal the sections of trails. Not being required to meet a shuttle to be collected and returned to your car simplifies your logistics and gets you back on the road headed home in the simplest fashion.

If you have a long drive and cannot make the morning shuttle easily the alternative option is to depart from Ongarue on the evening shuttle to be transported to one of the accommodation providers again, the following morning be transported from your accommodation provider to the trail start, pedaling back to your accommodation provider for your second nights stay (or just cycle the second half of the trail back to your car). The following morning you cycle the remaining second half of the trail. This allows more flexibility if you require a long drive to get to Ongarue and to make the morning shuttle is not easy.

  • The shuttles will drop you at any of the locations mentioned above of; Piropiro, Pureora or Ongarue.
  • If you're staying overnight then you'll have luggage, for a small fee you can have the shuttle move it for you instead of carrying it. The shuttle will take your luggage to your accommodation and in the morning shuttle it back to your parked car to be waiting for you. They'll take your car keys, drop the bags into your car, and you collect keys from them when you arrive back.

FAMILIES

  • Although the trail is fairly mild and reasonable for an active family, given the 2 stages are around 45km each with almost no facilities in the middle means you need to be confident your children have the endurance.

USEFUL LINK
Timber Trail New Zealand website
Timber Trail Lodge
Black Fern Lodge


Bike Hire

Bike Hire | Ongarue
Epic Cycle Adventures