Timber Trail

The 85km long Timber Trail is a unique mountain bike ride across ancestral Maori lands, taking you deep into the ancient Pureora Forest Park in New Zealand's central North Island.

The Timber Trail showcases several beautiful species of native birds that you may not see anywhere else in New Zealand, and the bush they inhabit is stunning. Ride the historic Ellis and Burnand Tram and cross the longest suspension bridge on any cycle trail; a whopping 140 metres. This trail is a dream overnight mission for outdoor enthusiasts with a sense of adventure.

The track is a testing grade 3 trail and is most suited to spring, summer and autumn riding. It is made up of a mix of long and short ascents and descents, with short flat sections at the southern end.

For very fit cyclists, the trail can be ridden in a single day. For those looking for a paced experience, the trail can be split across two days with an overnight stop at the halfway point.

The Timber Trail can be ridden in either direction, but is typically ridden north to south, starting at Pureora and finishing in Ongarue.

As the trail is long, not a loop track, and has no cellphone coverage, it’s strongly recommended that you make all your transport and accommodation arrangements prior to the starting your ride.

Distance 85km
Grade 3
Time required 1-2 days
Phone coverage None
Satellite locators Strongly recommended
Toilets At the beginning, middle and end
Shuttle Yes, book your shuttle services prior to departure.

Book your Timber Trail cycling trip

  • Activities & tours

    Camp Epic - Timber Trail Shuttles, Hire, Glamping

    Shuttles, bike/ebike hire and glamping accommodation on the Timber Trail - one of New Zealand's Great Rides.

  • Cycling & Mountain Biking

    FourB - Timber Trail All Inclusive Package

    Timber Trail 2-day all inclusive package. One night in Taupo, one night in the Timber Trail Lodge, meals and luggage transfers ex Taupo.

    $599 - $699
  • Boutique & lodge

    Timber Trail Lodge

    The Timber Trail Lodge provides great hospitality, right at the centre of the Timber Trail, New Zealand’s best two-day wilderness ride.

Physical address:
198 Barryville Road