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The Timber Trail End to End Epic Ride 3D2N, Fully Guided

The Timber Trail End to End Epic Ride 3D2N, Fully Guided

The Timber Trail End to End Epic Ride 3D2N, Fully Guided


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At A Glance Departures

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 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.

Trip Highlights
- A truly epic ride
- Admire ancient forest: some up to 1000 years old and one of the finest rainforests in the world
- Cross eye-popping bridges: 35 bridges! 8 best swing bridges including the country's longest and highest
- Encounter rare birdlife
- Enjoy a magical overnight stay
- Get back to nature
- Venture deeper into the forest

Please click to view New Zealand Timber Trail Cycling Map 

Departure Dates:
Departure every day on request.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, and one of 22 Great Rides, The Timber Trail is the jewel in the crown of the Central North Island's mountain biking trails. The grade 2-3 trail through Pureora Forest Park is considered one of the best two-day mountain bike rides in New Zealand, popular with people of all ages. Its remoteness, historic logging tramways, thrilling swing-bridges, ancient native forest, and prolific birdlife creates an epic mountain biking adventure.

    Pureora Forest Park is a special place with significant cultural and historic values. The old logging tracks and tramways now provide biking and walking access to some of the most stunning native forest on the North Island. Birdlife is prolific thanks to renewed predator management efforts. It is "recognised as one of the finest rain forests in the world". A specially built forest tower takes you right up into the forest canopy to listen to the chorus of songs from the many native birds that live there.

    The best and most popular way to experience the 85 km Timber Trail is on a one-way, two-day ride starting at Pureora and ending at Ongarue (north to south). If ridden from north to south, there's more downhill than uphill. After the climb around the side of Mt Pureora, which comes early on, it's mostly downhill from there.

    The Timber Trail consists of two sections:
    - Pureora to Piropiro (40 km), Grade 3 Intermediate
    - Piropiro to Ongarue (45 km), Grade 2 - 3, Easy to Intermediate

    The Timber Trail can be ridden all year around, with the best conditions enjoyed from October to May. It is not a technically difficult trail to ride on so it is very suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.
  • Accommodation

    2 nights' accommodation at Timber Trail Lodge.

    Timber Trail Lodge (5 Star Silver Qualmark Rating)
    Timber Trail Lodge is nestled on the edge of stunning native podocarp forest. Special off-grid facilities and sustainable features make it the ideal venue for a relaxing and comfortable stay in the historic and protected Pureora Forest. There is no better way to relax after your ride than to savour twilight in forest surrounds before night falls and thrill you with some of the best stargazing on the planet.

    The comfortable and inviting, off-grid lodge has been designed so you can experience sustainability in practice, and leave with a greater appreciation of minimising impacts and protecting natural environments. The en-suite bedrooms are mainly double/twins. Two rooms have an extra single bed. All rooms have radiator heating and are fully insulated.

    Other Facilities:
    - Outdoor fireplace for enjoying starry evenings
    - Hot showers
    - Inviting warm fireplace
    - Spacious and stylish lounge opens onto a massive deck
    - Expansive outside decks to relax on
    - Drying room for wet gear
    - Bike storage and servicing facilities are available, including a wash-down area, bike-tuning workshop, service stands and tools
    - Tea, coffee and filtered water at any time
    - Licensed bar with a great range of wines and craft beers (at your own expense)
    - Wi-Fi

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Food

    After a long day of physical effort, you will enjoy plentiful, delicious and nutritious meals.

    Soon after you arrive from your cycling adventure, you'll be served a nutritious snack to enjoy. You can help yourself to tea, coffee and filtered water at any time.

    Breakfast includes granola or other cereals, eggs and toast.

    Lunch: A freshly packed lunch will be provided for your cycling trip.

    Dinner offers a selection that is designed to appeal to a range of tastes and dietary requirements. The hearty, homestyle dinner menu changes daily.

    There is a small bar at the lodge, serving wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks (at your own expense).
  • What's Included

    - Two day fully guided cycling on the Timber Trail
    - Two nights accommodation at Timber Trail Lodge nestled on the edge of stunning native podocarp forest
    - Wholesome, generous meals in a convivial atmosphere. 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. Two-course healthy, nutritious dinners with a focus on tasty, natural ingredients, served family-style in a relaxed, informal atmosphere
    - Bike hire, helmet, personal locator beacon (PLB), and water bottle are provided
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • What's included

    - 2 nights' accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expenses). Stay at Timber Trail Lodge nestled on the edge of stunning native podocarp forest
    - Fully guided cycling. Includes bike hire, helmet, personal locator beacon (PLB), and water bottle. Upgrade to E-Bike at additional cost
    - Wholesome, generous meals in a convivial atmosphere. 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. Two-course healthy, nutritious dinners with a focus on tasty, natural ingredients, served family-style in a relaxed, informal atmosphere
    - Taupo airport return transfers
    - Luggage transfers
    - Free Wi-Fi

    Day 1: Taupo to Pureora Forest Park transfer, no cycling. Optional self guided bushwalking
    Day 2: Cycle Pureora to Piropiro (40 km); Grade 3: Intermediate
    Day 3: Cycle Piropiro to Ongarue (45 km); Grade 2 - 3, Easy to Intermediate

    Total: 85 km cycling


  • Getting There

    The departure point is Taupo, New Zealand.

    How to Get to Taupo, NZ

    BY AIR
    From Auckland: Air New Zealand operates daily flights between Auckland and Taupo.
    From Wellington: Marlborough-based air operator Sounds Air, provide at least three return flights each weekday and two return flights on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Private Charters: You can also fly to Taupo Airport via private chartered flights, jets and helicopters. Taupo Airport services Global Expresses, to light twin engine aircraft.

    Auckland - Taupo: 3.5hrs
    Wellington - Taupo: 4.5hrs
    Rotorua - Taupo: 1hr
    Hamilton - Taupo: 2hr
    Napier - Taupo: 2hr
    New Plymouth - Taupo: 3.5hr
    Palmerston North - Taupo: 3.5hrs
  • Weather and Climate

    The trail passes through a mountain environment with a highpoint 980m above sea level, which makes for relatively unpredictable conditions. Pack warm clothing and wet weather gear regardless of the forecast.

    Waitomo Forecast
    Taumarunui Forecast
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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