The Timber Trail offers plenty of fantastic rides for families or less experienced riders.
The Crawler Tractor Loop is great for those who want to experience the Timber Trail but have limited time. The 6–7km ride goes through native forest to the site of the 1920s tractor then back along a gravel road to the carpark.
Alternatively, you can ride Pureora to the forest edge shelter at the 8km mark, have picnic here and then return the same way for a 16km round trip cycle experience.
Based at Pureora, Pa Harakeke offers a tour package that includes bike hire and advice on short rides, as well as a ‘Wild Ginseng’ tour and Maori cultural experience.
From the campsite, riders can head north on the trail back towards Pureora for a 8km return ride to Okauaka Stream where the Whio, the native blue duck, may be spotted if you’re lucky.
In the other direction, it’s a 10km return ride to Maramataha Suspension Bridge, New Zealand’s longest and highest rideable suspension bridge.
FROM BENNETTS ROAD
It’s 8km uphill (16km return) from the car park to the famous Ongarue Spiral, the only rideable spiral in the world.
For a longer ride, continue to the spectacular Mangatukutuku Suspension Bridge, just past Goat Creek (69km marker) for a 30km round trip ride.
However far you go, it will be all downhill back to your car. Hooray!