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The Timber Trail

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Beautiful ride

Stunning ride in the middle of the Pureora forest. Great track maintenance is keeping the track... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
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Epic Track!

Definitely one of the best rides I’ve done in NZ. Amazing downhills and some slogging uphills... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2018
Taupo, New Zealand
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Barryville Road | Pureora Village, Pureora Forest Park 3987, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Stunning ride in the middle of the Pureora forest. Great track maintenance is keeping the track rideable for all abilities.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank juliebO3130EY
Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

Definitely one of the best rides I’ve done in NZ. Amazing downhills and some slogging uphills, beautiful, varied scenery to boot. We opted for two days, arranged all the shuttles through the Timber Trail Lodge, which is an amazing, world class accommodation and good place...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank unicyclistjoe
Reviewed 12 November 2018

This ride was hard in that it was 40km on the first day and 42km on the second. Don't under estimate the base fitness you'll need. Good climbs, fast down hills and nothing too technical. We loved every minute.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DonnaMariaSutherland
Reviewed 2 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FellowTraveler821471
Reviewed 17 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: November 2017
1  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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Alison H
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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