Timber Trail Itinerary

3 Days



  • Cloud forests
  • Swing bridges
  • Dense, dappled native forest



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On this four day itinerary on the Timber Trail, you'll feel like you've been suspended in time.

Discover some of the longest suspension bridges in New Zealand as well as ancient forests, ancestral lands of local Maori and a historic tramway on the unique Timber Trail.

Day 1 Auckland – Taupo

Lake Taupo
Mine Bay, Lake Taupo

By Alistair Guthrie

Master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell carved Ngatoroirangi, his first ever rock carving, onto the cliff face at the southern end of Mine Bay.

Lake Taupo is located in the geothermal heart of New Zealand in the Central North Island and is a gateway to the dual World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. The scenic towns is popular with toursits for its plethora of activities. Whether you're an adventure junkie looking to do the bungy or seeking more peaceful pursuits like soaking in the thermal pools, fishing or golfing, Lake Taupo has something for you. 


Day 2, Taupo – Piropiro, 40km

Hamilton - Waikato
Po at the start of The Timber Trail, Hamilton - Waikato

By 100% Pure New Zealand

Soon after you depart Pa Harakeke, the beginning of the stunning Timber Trail, you'll come across this po.

From Taupo, travel to Pureora, located between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti and the start of the Timber Trail. There is the option to ride with a guide, or to have your transport, bike hire and accommodation taken care of. Start the trail with a warm up through native forest before gaining elevation up Mt Pureora, and then heading downhill through the Hauhungaroa Ranges. Here, cyclists encounter one of the jewels of the trail – one of the longest and highest suspension bridges in the country. 

Accommodation: Black Fern Lodge


Day 3 – Piropiro – Ongarue, 45km

Lake Taupo
The Timber Trail, Lake Taupo

By The Timber Trail

Large suspension bridges are a highlight of this back country ride through native forest.

The second day is easier than the first, with the trail winding its way through mixed forest, past huts and across more soaring bridges. Soak up the historic Ellis and Burnand Tramline, the Ongarue Spiral and the Maramataha Bridge along the way. In many of the open areas cyclists get to enjoy panoramic valley views. The trail comes to an end when you reach Ongarue, where cyclists can catch their transfer back to Taupo.

Accommodation: Taupo

Where to next?

Great Lake Trail →

Waikato River Trails →

Mountains to Sea →