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The Timber Trail

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Fabulous trail

Fabulous trail, challenging ride, very well maintained trail and impressive bridges. Perfect for a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Mountain Biking Extravaganza

The Timber Trail track is incredible. 85km of challenging uphill, downhill, bridge-crossing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Barryville Road | Pureora Village, Pureora Forest Park 3987, New Zealand
+64 7-878 1050
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous trail, challenging ride, very well maintained trail and impressive bridges. Perfect for a weekend MTB challenge with friends and family.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Timber Trail track is incredible. 85km of challenging uphill, downhill, bridge-crossing amazingness. It’s a tough ride but one that you won’t regret. You can even climb to the top of Mount Pureora just before 11km. Along the way, there are options for where to...More

Thank Jessisaw
Reviewed 12 September 2018

A highlight of NZ and a must do. spectacular from start to finish, such an incredible adventure! Stay at the Timber Trail lodge - it will blow you away.

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Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

A couple and three young girls, youngest 3 and grandparents. Walked from car park to the swing bridge (2.9km). A lovely taste of NZ's beautiful bush. Track starts closed in surrounded by a good range of trees and bush. Later the track is quite wide....More

Thank Geoff F
Reviewed 10 June 2018

This swing bridge is a short walk from the car park and part of the timber trail. .50 meters above the valley floor , just for walkers and cyclists .An excellent addition to the walking and cycling tracks that surround Lake Taupo

Thank Francis R
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Overall this was harder than I thought it was going to be - mainly due to my old bike and the trail conditions. I'm of a medium fitness level and while the legs were OKish it was the length of time on the bike that...More

Thank hansenfamily2
Reviewed 22 May 2018

I did the trail solo over two days in May and picked probably the worst weather possible. Constant rain both days so the the trail was really muddy in parts - but still a whole lot of fun. A bit challenging in places in the...More

Thank 4flyingkiwi
Reviewed 29 April 2018

This trail is well worth doing. The first day says there’s a 14km up hill but it’s actually a reasonably gentle climb around Mt Pureora. We had done a little bit of training for this ride including some hill work and didn’t find this too...More

1  Thank pukehinawahine
Reviewed 28 April 2018

I rode the Timber Trail in two days as part of a group of five, including a two-year-old (in a seat on the back of an adult's bike). We have all done a bit of riding, but we found the ride was quite long and...More

Thank Katherine W
Reviewed 27 April 2018

As I cycled from the north I stayed overnight at Pa Harakeke, which has unbelievably swish accommodation and friendly staff. fantastic After that I set off on the Timber Trail, climbing steadily up towards lush forest. The day I rode the trail it was misty,...More

Thank Anthony B
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3 November 2017|
Response from TimberTrailDan |
Hi - yes it depends on your fitness level to make it. People have ridden the trail in one day but it is recommended to do it over two days. My recommendation would be to park your car at Bennetts Road Car Park and have one... More
Daniel C
12 November 2016|
Response from MikeD5796 | Reviewed this property |
This is a great trail. Scenic in views and best DONE in a group. Make sure you get a bit of cycling training done beforehand so you will enjoy it more as you will appreciate after day 1 your bum will be a bit sore. Just take... More
16 July 2016|
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Response from Daniel S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I forgot to add - once you are on the trail, there weren't many places (apart from the half way point at PiroPiro) to wait and get picked up. Apart from a few at the start and finish, once on the trail, you either... More