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 ride 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, homestyle 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.