Bike Trail

The Timber Trail south east of Waitomo was officially opened in March, 2013 as part of Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail. It's one of the 'must-ride' New Zealand bike trails and a chance to see beautiful native forests in the central North Island, 800-year-old trees, a historic timber-milling tramway and spiral, and old timber-milling sites.

Timber Trail Pureora Forest Park

The Timber Trail

The Timber Trail cycle way is a stunning 85 km cycling adventure from Pureora Forest Park Village (off State Highway 30 between Te Kuiti and Mangakino) to Ongarue near Taumarunui. The full trail is a 2–3 day ride on easy and intermediate gradients and surfaces - it varies from flat smooth track with some gentle climbs to steep slopes in places.

(At Pureora Forest Village there are Department of Conservation campsites and cabins available plus beautiful bush walks in the area).

Trail sections vary from 5–45 kms in length with:

  • 35 bridges, including 8 impressive suspension bridges (the longest is 141 metres)
  • Magnificent native forests of massive totara, rimu, kahikatea, miro & matai trees & wonderful birdlife
  • Historic bush tramways including the Ongarue Spiral (an engineering marvel) & newly built tracks
  • Panoramic views
  • Historic timber-milling sites to explore

Pureora Forest, State Highway 30

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