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Epic Cycle Adventures

Ongarue, New Zealand
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About Epic Cycle Adventures
Epic offers Timber Trail shuttles, bike hire, camping and accommodation packages. The Timber Trail is one of NZ's "Great Rides". A 82km cycle trail through magnificent native forest along an old logging railway. You cross incredible suspension bridges and ride through the Ongarue Spiral. The Timber Trail can be tackled over 2 days with accommodation halfway along or is short on time, you can ride the second half as a day trip.
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Tim R wrote a review Yesterday
Feilding, New Zealand14 contributions3 helpful votes
The organisation of our bike trip was well done. Good communication from the beginning through to the delivery of the services which matched what was promised.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Whit T wrote a review Apr 2021
Te Henga (Bethells Beach), New Zealand2 contributions
Great trail and facilities, everything really clean and organised. Paul boasts that the showers are the best in New Zealand and I think he is right,
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Compass790998 wrote a review Apr 2021
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Fabulous experience All arrangements with Epic Cycles went very smoothly, communication excellent at all times and couldn't fault our whole trip. THANK YOU Paul and team.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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311Jacksons wrote a review Feb 2021
Upper Hutt, New Zealand11 contributions3 helpful votes
We have just cycled the Timber Trail and Paul from Epic Adventures was fantastic. Great guy, he meet us the Carpark, loaded up his vehicle with our bikes & bags and drove us to the start of the Trail. He gave us a great intro into the Trail, what to look for and not to do. He offered to come & get us if the weather turned bad as it was quite wet when we let. Highly recommend Epic Adventures.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Martin C wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand29 contributions17 helpful votes
We've driven past the brown sign by the side of the road too many times to not finally do this trail. Packed up our bags and drove the 3:20hrs from auckland to the car park where is secure parking. Would still recommend that you pack away valuables into your boot as I'm not sure its got CCTV for the evenings. We did this on ebikes and reckon they're about 2x more fun to be on and totally worth hiring out if you can afford it, the 82kms will make you sore if you're not a regular rider and its a saving grace. Pickup was a bit hectic, with people needing to be dropped off at different locations. But once we left around 8:30 it was an hours drive to the start of the track and about 30mins of debriefing and set up before we started riding around 10:00. The first 2kms of the track was lovely, after that you start getting into the slight climb at around the 11kms mark (all very well signposted). Would highly recommend stopping off and walking up to Mt.Pureora, the views are spectacular on a clear day. Bring a bike lock if you want to feel safer about your bikes still being there when you get back. After more riding to the top of the track, everything is downhill to Basecamp. Some level 3 graded tracks, just watch your speed and the loose rocks and you should be fine. Arriving at Basecamp around 15:00 was awesome, we had a lovely guide to walk us through where everything was, and our food and bags were already in our tent ready for us to unpack. Was excellent. The facilities at Camp Epic are really well looked after, the kitchen, amenities and our tent were of very good standard. I do wish that the showers weren't open for the breeze to blow through as much as it did, just shower when the sun is still out and you'll be fine if you don't like the cold. Using the kitchen was similar to sharing a busy backpackers kitchen. The gas tops were of house kitchen level, the fridge was just about large enough for the people staying the night, and the campfire was a lovely addition in the evening. Making small talk and socialising is all down to you, as long as you're approachable and interested, there are plenty of like minded people to talk well into the night with... for some reason I was the only one that wanted to stay up as the campsite was zipped up and everyone was in bed by 21:00. Cold January night down to 7°C. Bring warm clothes! They have fleece ponchos and hot water bottles for those really cold nights for you to help yourself to, and plenty of blankets on the beds. I wasn't cold sleeping during our visit. Morning was cold as the positioning of the campsite meant that the sun didn't really shine on a few of the tents until 8:45 - we left at 9:10 and most of the campsite was still covered by the mountain. The breakfast is simple, but plenty enough to get you going in the morning. Most of the second day was downhill and 50/50 in the bush for the first couple of hours. Was still a bit nippy, but quickly warmed up after the first 5kms of gentle climbing. You don't have to worry about being cold too long! Last 25-30kms of the track felt like all downhill. Was most pleasant on sore legs... not so much on the bum if you don't have the suspension to absorb some of it. On arriving back at our cars around 13:00 we got the chance to pick up our stuff left at Basecamp and wash our bikes as well as settling our payment. Giving thanks and heading home for the afternoon around 14:00 when all is said and done. Get yourself down here and support this great local business. I'm super keen to find more trails because of it.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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