Following old logging roads and tramlines, The Timber Trail is 85km of awe-inspiring beauty and gorgeous remoteness on the North Island of New Zealand. Running through Pureora Forest Park, there are a myriad of stunning bridge crossings in the lush New Zealand bush, hear the calls of a myriad of birds fluttering among the tall trees. Running through the small settlements of Pureora and Ongarue on the gorgeous remote trail, there are stories to uncover regarding how this special place has changed over the many years. 
 
We offer guided, partially guided and self-guided cycling tours on the Timber Trail, so whether ...
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  1. The Timber Trail End to End Epic Ride 3D2N, Fully Guided

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    Enjoy a fully-guided epic ride on the entire Timber Trail through Pureora Forest Park, widely regarded as being the best two-day wilderness bike ride in New Zealand. One of New Zealand's 22 Great Rides, part of Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail, the Timber Trail offers you an amazing riding journey of discovery of ancient and remote virgin forest, huge suspension bridges, unique timber tramway history, splendid gorges and epic views across the central North Island. You'll enjoy two nights stay at an off-grid lodge on the edge of stunning native podocarp forest and taste a two-course healthy and nutritious meal each night. This is a cycling journey for the senses and the soul.

    Deep in the centre of Aotearoa's North Island, right in the middle of nowhere, is a very special place. The 85 km Timber Trail through Pureora Forest Park follows old logging tracks and tramlines right in the centre of the North Island, approx. 2 hours drive from Taupo. Regarded as the 'jewel in the crown' of North Island cycleways, the Timber Trail offers rich rewards, from thrilling eight large suspension bridges including New Zealand’s longest at 141m to the splendour of the ancient forest, the Pureora Timber Trail is a journey that will let your spirits soar.

    Over the two days, you will cycle on the entire Timber Trail (85 km) with an expert local guide. The trail is Grade 2-3 and suitable for experienced and recreational riders of moderate fitness and ability.

    At the end of your daily cycling adventure, return to your wilderness lodge - the only accommodation located right on the trail. Here, you can enjoy the atmosphere of relaxation in your en-suite bedroom, and taste the hearty, home style dinners. Savour twilight before night falls and thrills you with some of the best stargazing on the planet, then wake refreshed and energised to the tune of a glorious dawn chorus of New Zealand's rare birds.

    The tour is fully guided and lodge based. Bike hire, helmet, water bottle, personal locator beacon (PLB), and packed lunches as well as luggage transfers are included. You only need to carry a daypack.

    Combining the best cycling experience on the Timber Trail and the awe-inspiring wilderness accommodation, the Timber Trail End to End Cycle is sure to rejuvenate your spirit.

    New Zealand Timber Trail Cycling Map

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    Departure Dates

    Departure every day on request

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

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