Ride on The New Zealand Cycle Trail network – a combined 2,500km of multi-day cycle rides through spectacular landscapes.
Located in the heart of the North Island, Pureora Forest Park a precious remnant of native forest saved from loggers’ chainsaws by conservationists in the 1970s. Remote and rugged, it was largely the realm of hardy hunters and hikers until The Timber Trail blazed its way through in 2013, revealing not only awe-inspiring beauty but also human stories that echo down through the years.
The 85-kilometre trail follows old bush tramlines and logging roads, linked up and smoothed out with flowing, purpose-built single-track. It’s graded easy to intermediate (grade 2–3) with a few gentle climbs, but its remoteness and occasional tricky sections make it most suitable for reasonably fit, experienced mountain bikers.
Most commonly ridden from north to south, the Timber Trail starts at Pureora, once a thriving sawmilling village. Today it’s the site of a visitor information centre and Department of Conservation campground, while nearby Pa Harakeke offers cabin accommodation and shuttle services run by the local iwi (Māori tribe).