The 85 km Timber Trail boasts some of the highest and longest suspension bridges in New Zealand
Image: Michael Schwab | ©


Using historic bush tramways, old bulldozer and haul roads, and newly constructed track, this Grade 2/3 trail features 35 bridges, including some of the highest and longest in New Zealand.


The Timber Trail passes through magnificent podocarp forests of rimu, totara, miro, matai and kahikatea, as well as some exotic forestry and more open vegetation, offering extensive views of the surrounding landscape.

Utilising historic bush tramways, old bulldozer and haul roads, it features 35 bridges, including 8 large suspension bridges (the longest being 141 metres).

It showcases the historic Ongarue Spiral, a marvel of engineering.

Full trail: 85 km, sections: from 5 to 45 km

Mountain biking

Full trail: 2-3 days Easy: Grade 2
Intermediate: Grade 3

Seasonal restrictions

Hunters with dogs or guns may use the Timber Trail for access to the backcountry. Numbers of hunters are especially high during the stag roaring months of March and April, and during spring.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.


Te Kuiti Office
Phone:   +64 7 878 1050
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   78 Taupiri Street
Te Kuiti 3910
Postal Address:   PO Box 38
Te Kuiti 3941
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