Timber Trail Mountain Bike Ride
Located in the central North Island, the Timber Trail is an 85km long pathway through some of the most beautiful forest scenery in the world. The ancient forests are filled with a number of suspension bridges, which can be crossed both on foot and by bike, and covers important ancestral lands belonging to local Maori Tribes, as well as the Ongarue Tramway. The trail is open to both walkers and cyclists so you need to be respectful of one another, but it’s a fantastic way to see spectacular native bush.
For mountain bikers, there are both day ride and multi-day rides available, depending on how long you want to spend on the trail.
The trail is located on the North Island and is within a three hours drive from Auckland and Hamilton. If you’re arriving from Auckland Airport we offer bike rack hire so you can drive to the mountain bike trail without worrying about how to get there.
The Timber Trail mountain bike trail is divided into different trails which you can spilt up into different days.
The Timber Trail – Pureora To Piropiro (40 km)
This trail contains two suspension bridges and starts with you cycling through the Pikiariki Ecological Area before climbing Mount Pureora. This climb is 940m above sea level, you’ll finish the trail at Piropiro. This is an intermediate ride with a few climbs.
The Timber Trail – Piropiro To Ongarue (45 km)
This trail is an easy grade cycling past the Ellis and Burnand tramline. The trail starts from Piropiro campsite and contains a 30 min climb to the Maramataha Bridge. Although there is a 30 minute climb this trail is considered fairly easy and suitable for the whole family.
Pikiariki To Mountain Bush Edge (8 km)
Starting in the Pikiariki Ecological Area this trail is great for children as you pass through the forest and observe all the wildlife including the kaka which are quite active in this part of the trail.
Maraeroa Cycleway (23 km)
This trail can be accessed from the Timber Trail, or from Pa Harakeke, on Maraeroa Road. While this is privately owned land, it’s still accessible to the public. This trail is an intermediate grade but is quiet ride through the native and plantation forests.
Crawler Tractor Loop (5 km)
This trail is suitable for everyone with an easy grading. It’s quite a short ride at only 5kms but it’s also a good walk at an estimated 1.5 hours to complete.
How To Get There
The trail is easy to get to and well sing posted, if driving you’ll need to take the SH30 between Te Kuiti and Mangakino. The trail may also be ridden from Ongarue, which may be accessed off SH4 between Te Kuiti and Taumarunui: SH4 – Ongarue – Waimiha Road – Village Road to beginning of trail in the heart of Ongarue.
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