The Timber Trail – “A backcountry cycling adventure”
‘The Timber Trail between Pureora and Ongarue provides 85 km of cycling pleasure through magnificent native forest; across deep gorges (all bridged); along historic bush tramways; and through the Ongarue tunnel and spiral.’
The Timber Trail is a really memorable adventure suitable for almost all riders. Friends and families will enjoy the magnificent Pureora bush, some fabulous views and a really good bike ride. It is a really enjoyable two day trip with the opportunity to stay overnight in one of two great lodges. The Timber Trail Lodge or Blackfern Lodge
Imagine at the end of the day being able to shower, and get changed. Then eat and drink well before retiring to a nice comfortable bed. Yummy breakfast before setting off again to complete the trail
With HeliBike Rotorua you have the choice of travelling to the start of the Timber Trail in our luxury shuttle with covered, lockable bike trailer – OR why not fly in by Helicopter?!
We will arrange for your luggage to be waiting for you at your lodge at night. Then we will collect it on the way back.
Once you reach the end of the trail we will coordinate for our Helicopter to collect you. Then you will experience a real treat – flying back over the magnificent swing bridges and lush bush that you have cycled over. We will take you back to the start of the trail – or even to right back to Rotorua. Wow!!!
We can also arrange for you to ride half the trail as a one day experience.
The Timber Trail is one of 21 cycle trails developed as part of Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail.
The Timber Trail can also be enjoyed by walking or trail running. Timber Trail Website
Riding the trail:
The Timber Trail is open all year round. Adverse weather patterns can occur at any time of year, so go prepared for all conditions.
The first 4 km from Pureora is an easy flat gradient. The trail then starts to climb and changes to intermediate (Grade 3*) the rest of the way to Piropiro. It is Grade 2* either way between Piropiro and Ongarue.”
*New Zealand Cycle Trail grades
Grade 2—Off-road trails that are predictable, i.e. no surprises, and mostly flat with some gentle climbs. Riders may be able to ride side-by-side at times, but there may also be sections requiring single file.
Grade 3—A generally narrow trail with some hills
to climb, and obstacles may be encountered on the trail. There may be exposure on the edge of the trail. Suitable for riders with intermediate-level skills.