Plan Your Trip On the Timber Trail

Close up of fern at Pureora Timber Trail Lodge

Getting There And Around

The Timber Trail Lodge is situated at Piropiro, the half way point of the trail, and accessed by road via Waimiha (click here for directions).

As this road to the lodge is partially gravel and slow-going for drivers who haven’t travelled that way before, we recommend that the best option is to drive to Ongarue at the end of the trail and park your car in the secure carpark there. This way it is ready and waiting for you when you finish your ride.

Then, if you are staying on our all inclusive two-night package, we will make all shuttle and bag transfer arrangements for you, getting you from Ongarue to the lodge on your first night, to Pureora the morning of your first day of riding, and your bags back to Ongarue while you are on your second day of riding.

Alternatively, if you are staying for one night, or want to structure things a bit differently, we can recommend a number of shuttle operators providing these services who you can organise this through.

Approximate Drive Times in hours

Timber Trail Lodge at Piropiro Start of Trail at Pureora Village End of Trail at Ongarue
Auckland to: 3.5 3.0 3.5
Taupo to: 1.5 1.0 2
Te Kuiti to: 1.0 .75 1
National Park to: 1.5 1.75 1
Wellington to: 5.5 5.5 5

Clothing & Gear For The Ride

We suggest your gear list includes:

  • Comfortable riding clothing. A shirt of breathable fabric and padded shorts are a good idea
  • Extra warm clothing, either wool or polypropylene, including hat, gloves, long sleeved jumper and tights
  • A windproof rain jacket, suitable for riding in
  • Extra clothing and soft comfortable shoes for in and around the lodge
  • Helmet
  • Cycling shoes or trainers
  • Adequate water of 1-2 litres per person
  • Food, including lunch of not included in your room rate, snacks, extra for emergencies (note we do not have self-catering kitchen facilities)
  • First aid kit (per group)
  • Emergency thermal blanket (per group)
  • Possibly a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Bike repair gear, including pump, spare tube, puncture repair kit, multitool
  • Torch or headlamp


  • The Timber Trail passes through a remote wilderness area. Emergency access is difficult in some places. You need to be prepared for adverse weather and emergencies.
  • Our lodge management staff are trained in basic first aid and can assist with incidents at or near the lodge, however it is important you know what to do in an emergency if you are not near the lodge.
  • Carry a first aid kit, and be prepared to help injured riders
  • Carry extra food and plenty of water, warm clothing and even an emergency blanket
  • The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Stick to this and you will not get lost
  • Mobile reception is close to non-existent along the trail, we advise you not to rely on this
  • Some people carry Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). These can be used to signal for assistance in the event of a serious emergency
  • Allow plenty of time to ride the trail. Most groups take 5-6 hours to ride the first stage from Pureora to Piropiro. The second leg usually takes slightly less time. Allow extra time for mishaps and breakdowns.
  • Please note our policy is to alert Police Search and Rescue if guests have not arrived by dark.
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