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The Timber Trail

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Awesome NZ forest and bush, great cycle trail

We were a group of 4 adults cycling the trail over two days. We really enjoyed the trail and were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Karen B
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Great ride for 2nd time

Beautiful native forests saved by years of protesters One of the better trails to ride. Great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Whakatane, New Zealand
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Barryville Road | Pureora Village, Pureora Forest Park 3987, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

This track is more suitable for mountain biking fanatics than casual riders. The track badly needs maintenance in a number of places, and apart from the Doc information sites and the iconic swing bridges, there is not a lot to enthuse about. Let's face it,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Heather G
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were a group of 4 adults cycling the trail over two days. We really enjoyed the trail and were so impressed how well maintained and groomed the trail is. The cycling is easy grade on 90% of the trail and average fitness could be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Karen B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful native forests saved by years of protesters One of the better trails to ride. Great single track well maintained and sign posted. Detailed sign posting of historical saw mills of the location

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Neilalinz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing scenery though native bush where all you can hear is birdsong. A must do and we will do again.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GraemeM340
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a solo cyclist on the 2 day Timber Trail ride, and it was brilliant. I went at the end of December and had great weather. I'd had this on my bucket list for a few years, and finally booked it on my own...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank charmersnzl
Reviewed December 16, 2018

We did the two day trip with shuttles, food and accommodation all provided by the Timber trail lodge. This worked really well for us and it was great to just be able to enjoy the ride and not have to think about anything else. There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 22KiwiTraveller22
Reviewed November 19, 2018

We were a group of 10 … 60 somethings 4 of our group were very biking fit, the rest of us are “generally fit”, but only do a couple of cycle rides a year ( grade 1-2 ). As expected the less fit of us...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mariseh2018
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Stunning ride in the middle of the Pureora forest. Great track maintenance is keeping the track rideable for all abilities.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank juliebO3130EY
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Definitely one of the best rides I’ve done in NZ. Amazing downhills and some slogging uphills, beautiful, varied scenery to boot. We opted for two days, arranged all the shuttles through the Timber Trail Lodge, which is an amazing, world class accommodation and good place...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank unicyclistjoe
Reviewed November 11, 2018

This ride was hard in that it was 40km on the first day and 42km on the second. Don't under estimate the base fitness you'll need. Good climbs, fast down hills and nothing too technical. We loved every minute.

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 3, 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
November 11, 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
July 15, 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