The Timber Trail


The Pureora Timber Trail is part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail. It is one of 22 Great Rides that make up the network through New Zealand.

The Timber Trail is widely regarded as being the best two-day mountain bike ride in New Zealand, and runs mostly through Department of Conservation (DoC) estate, from Pureora in the north, to Ongarue in the south. The trail mainly follows old logging tramways and tracks and is a grade 2-3 trail, making it suitable for moderately experienced and capable riders. Its remoteness, stunning scenery, awe inspiring swing-bridges, prolific birdlife and historic logging tramways also create epic appeal for the most hard core mountain bikers.

It is already very popular with people of all ages; families, couples, and groups of friends sharing an adventure.  It has also become a popular walking and running route, for both one day and multi day walks or runs.

Pureora is home to the Rereahu people, whose descendants came to Aotearoa on the Tainui waka. During European times Pureora had a significant logging industry. Dozens of timber mills provided a living to hundreds of people living in and around what was then an extensive forest of huge podocarp trees, including kahikitea, rimu, totara and matai.

For more information on the trail, including ride description, grade and ability advice and FAQs, see the Official Timber Trail Website.


New Zealand's best two day bike ride.

This beautiful mountain bike trail through Pureora Forest Park follows old logging tracks and tramways in some of the most stunning native forest in the North Island.

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