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The Timber Trail

Closes in 20 min: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Amazing Scenery

The native bush on the trail was amazing! Very interesting to think that this is how all of NZ... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
Bike trail through beautiful countryside

The Timber Trail is an intermediate/easy trail through native NZ bush. Typically it takes 2 days... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2018
Colin M
Wellington, New Zealand
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Barryville Road | Pureora Village, Pureora Forest Park 3987, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The native bush on the trail was amazing! Very interesting to think that this is how all of NZ used to look. Those early pioneers would not have had it easy! We were a group of 16 riding the Timber Trail together, aged from 11...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

The Timber Trail is an intermediate/easy trail through native NZ bush. Typically it takes 2 days, with drop off available to get you to the start. We stayed at the Timber Trail Lodge (which is half way along the trail) the night before the first...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Colin M
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Great bike ride through ancient forest, This is not a rail trail so expect some significant hills and lots of mud and bumpy downhills. Remote forest with some big swing bridges to cross and a bit of history to give added interest.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Ian S
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

What a spectacular part of New Zealand! Incredible native bush, some of it never milled before, and as all of NZ used to look. Very special to experience. Interesting history in this area too, of early NZ bushmen and their work. A challenging but worthwhile...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Lindaannz
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Fun riding, yes, the first hill isn't great, but the downhills are worth it. Beautiful bridges and scenery. We stayed at Piropiro campsite, left the car at Ongarue and grabbed a shuttle. We used EPIC, and these guys were fantastic. They knew the trail and...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

My husband, 82, and myself 70 plus, rode the Timber Trail from Piropiro to Ongarue on Monday. Perfect weather. Geared up with bike repair, and first aid kits, and our lunch, off we went after being dropped off by Edwina from Pa Harakeke shuttles, who...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

We had an amazing experience doing this two day bike ride. We booked with Epic cycle adventures and they were great communicating with us and getting everything organised. We had a couple of changes due to weather and rock falls and they were very good...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Nanakia7
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

This ride is well worth the effort to get to and go on. It’s about 85km of largely single track with spectacular suspension bridges and scenery. There is a lot of interesting signage and notices describing the historical and natural features of this rugged forest,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Bob N
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Two adults, one teenager. We booked package from Epic Cycles, and they were fabulous (highly recommend). Bood bikes in good condition with suspensions and disk brakes. The weather was perfect in mid-November. We are all in excellent aerobic shape, but not particularly great mountain bikers....More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

We were 2 families with 4 kids ranging from 10years to 13years. Spent the Friday night in Bennydale Bike Lodge and started the trail the next morning aiming for an 8am departure as we certainly didn't want to end up riding in the dark but...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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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