The Timber Trail

4.75 out of 5
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↑ 1,300 m
↓ 800 m

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Trail Description
About this trail
The Timber Trial is a two day, 84km back-country mountain bike adventure trail that winds its way through remote forest. It's isolated - not a café or shop for miles, not even at the start in Pureora or at the end in Ongarue. Pureora is in the middle of the North Island about 130km west of Taupo.

The trail goes through a rugged sub-alpine landscape, but thanks to some amazing engineering both on the new sections and on the historic logging tramways and hauler tracks, it's an easy ride. It does have some muddy patches after rain but it's a wide, non-technical trail. You do need to be fit though - it's a long, steady haul up towards the summit of Mount Pureora on the first day.

You'll cross deep gorges on the longest mountain bike swing bridges on the planet, traverse magnificent native forest right out of "The Lord of the Rings", and circle through a tramway spiral that includes a tunnel.

One problem with the trail is the lack convenient accommodation mid-way through at Piropiro. But if you google "The Timber Trail" you'll find plenty of commercial operators who offer various accommodation options involving shuttles or assisted camping. There are also bike hire options and shuttles to pick you up at Taupo and take you back after.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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March 1, 2018
Desperado Trailblazer  
Review: This in New Zealand's premier two day, intermediate, back-country adventure ride. It has surreal hobbit forest, the longest swing bridges dedicated to mountain biking on the planet, fascinating railway and forestry heritage, and offers a wonderful sense of achievement and satisfaction to intermediate riders. Go with friends for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.


April 5, 2017
Review: The Timber trail is a stretch of ancient bush in the Pureora National Park. The Department of Conservation has invested millions into building swing bridges that span the gullies. You ca do the entire track in a day if keen. There and back if mad. Many families will split it over two - there is a hut in the middle. Can get a bit boggy over the first half with steep technical sections (only up to grade 3), even over summer.

World Champ

June 23, 2015
Review: It's a wide trail with no steep hills but you do need perseverance and fitness as well as some riding skill to cope with the odd muddy patch and a sustained climb on the northern section.

World Champ

November 30, 2014
Review: It's a great back-country adventure ride with amazing swing bridges and interesting logging tram heritage including the world's only mountain bike spiral!... So what's a "spiral"? It's a railway term describing a track that rises on a steady curve until it has completed a loop, passing over itself as it gains height, allowing the railway to gain vertical elevation in a relatively short horizontal distance.

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The Timber Trail MTB Trail 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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