Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to ride the Trail?
The Trail is free to use. The services related to the Trail e.g. Shuttle Transport do charge.
Please note that service providers with concessions to operate on the Timber Trail return a percentage of these fees to the Department of Conservation which goes towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Trail & its facilities.
What Grade is the Timber Trail?
The Timber Trail is a combination Grade 2 & 3 - Easy to Intermediate. Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation of the grading
How fit do I need to be to ride the Timber Trail?
A good level of fitness is required. The Trail is challenging both on your physical and technical abilities. The Trail should only be considered after completing a number of Grade 1 & 2 trails. To underestimate your physical ability to cycle this Trail will affect your enjoyment, and without a confident degree of technical ability on a mountain bike on challenging terrain could lead to incidents or accidents.
When is the best time of the year to ride the Trail?
October through to May.
Which type of bike best suits the terrain?
Mountain bikes. Follow this link to view the bikes we have available for hire /bike-hire/
Will I need a tour guide?
This Trail is essentially 'self-guiding' due to the design and well appointed signage on the Trail.
Should you feel more comfortable with a guide or support person please follow this link http://www.treadroutes.co.nz/pureora-timber-trail.html
Are there toilets along the Trail?
Barryville Road Carpark (Timber Trail Start)
Harrisons Creek - 27km
Piropiro Campsite - 39km
Mystery Creek - 55km
No. 10 Camp - 65km
Ongarue Spiral - 75km
Bennett Road - 80km
Village Road (Ongarue) - Stock yards
Where is the nearest petrol station?
Benneydale or Whakamaru.
Where is the closest supermarket or dairy?
Benneydale, Whakamaru or Mangakino.