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EPIC CYCLE ADVENTURES
Make your Timber Trail experience EPIC!

Epic is #1 for Shuttles, Bike Hire, Glamping & Packages on the Timber Trail

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EPIC MAKES IT EASIER!

The Timber Trail is 82km of mountain biking at its very best. 
Timber Trail shuttles, bike hire and glamping in the Pureora Forest is our business.  We offer the most economical and reliable adventure packages on and around the Timber Trail .
We've been riding the Timber Trail for over 10years and absolutely love it. We want to share the epic experience of riding the Timber Trail with you.
Come discover the wonders of the Pureora Forest Park in the Ruapehu and Waitomo Districts of New Zealand.

 

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SHUTTLES

Epic runs shuttles from Ongarue to Piropiro and Pureora.
Our priority is that you and your bike get to the Trail safely and well informed.

We make it easy for you to do either the full trail from Pureora to Ongarue or the bottom half from Piropiro to Ongarue.
 

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BIKE & E-BIKE HIRE

We have a range of mountain bikes and ebikes to suit all sizes.

Our bikes are serviced before every ride.

Each bike comes with a repair kit, pump, spare tube and helmet.

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GLAMPING

Epic has its own fully serviced campsite. We offer fantastic camping packages in either our twin-room or family-size glamping canvas tents. Allowing you to experience a no-fuss way of riding the full trail over 2 days.

Lunch on the Timber Trail
Maramataha bridge, Timber Trail
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Maramataha bridge, Timber Trail
THE TIMBER TRAIL
Timber Trail Map

The Trail is incredibly well signposted with km markers, directional arrows and information boards. There is a distance marker every kilometre- starting with 1km at the Pureora end and finishing at 82km at the Ongarue end. There are many interesting spots to stop with excellent historical information boards dotted along the trail.

 

NORTHERN TIMBER TRAIL - PUREORA TO PIROPIRO - 40km
Track category: Intermediate/Grade 3

 

While the trail may be ridden in either direction, the topography will encourage most people to ride from North to South i.e. from Pureora to Ongarue.
 

The Northern Timber Trail starts at the entrance to the Pureora Forest Park which is situated 18km east of Benneydale. From here the Timber Trail winds through the stunning Pikiariki Ecological Area before climbing Mount Pureora. The track then sidles around the mountain at 971 m above sea level. The trail then starts to head down, travelling across two large suspension bridges before continuing down toward the mid point of the trail at Piropiro.
 
The Northern Timber Trail is 40km long and includes a 9km long gradual climb. Thereafter the track is generally downhill with a few speedy decents around 26/27km in that require care and/or fair mountain biking skills. Riding slowly down these slopes is advised for those less accustomed to loose, slippery gravel roads. 
 
At the 39km/40km markers riders looking to stop at accommodation around Piropiro are advised to keep an eye out for the signposts indicating turnoffs.

SOUTHERN TIMBER TRAIL - PIROPIRO TO ONGARUE - 42km
Track category: Easy/Grade 2

There are a few steep ascents that may require you to get off your bike and push, but generally it is an easy ride. Please note that once you are on the trail there are no escape routes and you are committed to completing the full 42km. You therefore need to be aware of your limits and confident of completing the distance.

The trail starts at the Piropiro around the 40km marker and winds very gently through lush green native forest to the incredible Maramataha Suspension Bridge. This a perfect spot for a rest and a photo opportunity.


From the bridge to around the 48km mark is a steady climb and the only really tough section of this part of the trail. From this point the trail trends downhill with a few long, fast and exciting sections - the best of these runs for about 10kms from the 67km mark.


At the 74km mark is the Ongarue Spiral, an incredible feat of engineering and hard work. The trail then winds through Forestry and Farm lands to the finishing point in Ongarue.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Whilst this trail is classified as a Grade 2/3 (Easy/Intermediate), it is still a long ride and once on trail there are no escape routes or reliable coverage. If you are new to cycling or not as fit as you could be you need to be prepared for a long day. The average time to do each section of the ride is around 5 hours (with lots of stops), but some groups have taken up to 8 hours. Ensure you bring enough water and food to last the day, and have suitable gear for biking in hot and freezing weather conditions.

Pureora Weather Forecast

Contact

Bennett Rd Carpark

Ngakonui-Ongarue Rd

Ongarue

At Epic we love a bit of personal communication and work extremely hard to make ourselves immediately contactable. Unfortunately we are often out of reception but, call us, email us, send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

For any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

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