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 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.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    85 Km
  • Time
    1 - 2 Days
  • Ability
    Grade 3 | Intermediate
  • Trail Type
    Forest | Path | Single Track

Elevation

The Timber Trail, typically ridden north to south from Pureora to Ongarue, features long and short climbs, thrilling descents, and flat sections. Navigate smooth turns, switchbacks, and suspension bridges. Ideal for a two-day adventure with an overnight stop.

Elevation

Elevation | 1412m

Climb | 30.7km

Descent | 37.9km

Flat | 9.4km


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Riding the Timber Trail

The Timber Trail is a true treasure for mountain bikers, stretching 85 kilometers through the stunning Pureora Forest Park. It’s perfect for nature lovers, with New Zealand’s beautiful native bush and unique birds like the North Island robin, kaka, and kereru. Riding through this lush forest is simply magical.

One of the coolest parts of the trail is following the historic Ellis and Burnand Tramway. Plus, you’ll get to cross some amazing suspension bridges, including New Zealand’s longest at 140 meters. The views over the forest canopy and river gorges are breathtaking.

If you're up for an overnight adventure, the Timber Trail has fantastic places to stay, like the Timber Trail Lodge, Camp Epic (Glamping), and Blackfern Lodge. These spots offer a cozy place to rest and recharge. There are also shuttle services to make your journey easier. We highly recommend FourB - Bike Taupō's all-inclusive bike package, which provides you with everything you need, plus one night's accommodation in Taupō and one at the Timber Trail Lodge.

The trail is graded 2-3, so it’s great for different fitness levels and riding skills. You’ll enjoy a mix of gentle gradients and more challenging sections, making it a perfect balance of leisurely rides and exciting descents.

While most of the Timber Trail is in Pureora Forest Park, part of it extends into the Taupō region. This section beautifully transitions from dense forest to the open, rolling terrain typical of Taupo, adding even more variety to your ride.

The Timber Trail is a must-ride for mountain biking enthusiasts, blending natural beauty, historical charm, and a sense of adventure. With its well-maintained paths, stunning vistas, and excellent accommodation options, it promises an unforgettable experience for riders of all levels.

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Whether you're tackling The Timber Trail or exploring more forest routes of the Great Lake Trails, the Taupō region offers unforgettable rides amidst supervolcanic landscapes and lush wilderness. With over 65 individual trails and more than 330 kilometers of riding paths, your adventure through this biking paradise is sure to be exhilarating and memorable.

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  • 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.

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    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.

    $649 - $799
  • 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.

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    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.

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