SHUTTLES - BIKE HIRE - MEALS
To help you enjoy your Timber Trail excursion here's some relevant information you'll need to know.
The Timber Trail is not a circuit but takes you from ‘A’ to ‘B’ therefore you need a shuttle to return you to your beginning.
It is essential to make plans and/or reservations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment for a shuttle service to transfer you to and from your Timber Trail excursion. We have listed 4 different ways you can shuttle to and from the Timber Trail in our FAQ section below.
Below are a few local shuttle service providers that we recommend using:
Blue Tui Cycle Trail Shuttles
(based close to Te Awamutu)
Phone: Wilhelmina Gilbert on (07) 8722404
Pure-Ora Shuttle Service
(based in Benneydale and in Purerora)
Phone: Edwina Te Aho on (07) 929 8708
Epic Cycle Adventures
(Based in Taumaranui)
Phone: Paul Goulding on 022 0237 958
Phone Ted: 027 446 2408
Phone Erin: 027 446 2407
Mountain Bike Hire
For all enquiries please contact Edwina Te Aho our Pa Harakeke Manager on 07 929 8708 or email
Nearby Food Outlets
The Wooden Heart Cafe is situated only 100m past this property.
Dinner $25, Breakfast & cut lunches are available by request. Bookings essential. Contact Jill to arrange.
Email Jill at:
Ph: 07 878 4708
Address: 28-30 Ellis Rd SH 30 Benneydale
The Local Dairy provides basic needs and takeaways.
Mon-Fri: 7am - 8pm (summer hrs)
Sat: 8am - 6.30pm
Sun: 8.30am - 6pm
On Route Eateries:
If coming from the north then Te Kuiti provides you with a wide selection of eateries e.g. Take-aways; Fish and Chips, Chinese, Indian, Pizza Zone
Licensed Places to eat:
The Stoked Eatery
The Riverside Lodge
Panorama Motor Inn
Frequently asked questions
Why do I need a shuttle service?
The recommended start to Day 1 of the Timber Trail begins at Pureora and finishes at Piropiro. If you are very fit and experienced you might do the full 84kms in a day that then finishes at Ongarue. Therefore you need someone either at Piropiro or at Ongarue to take you (shuttle) back to the start.
What are the Shuttle options?
1. Shuttle Service
Use one of the Shuttle Service Providers as suggested under Additional Information above. This is not a full list of providers but rather those working in our area.
2. Self Drive
Drive yourself to the start of the trail at Pureora, then get picked up by a pre-arranged shuttle service provider at the end of your day who will take you back to your car.
3. Non-cycler driver
If you have a non cycling participant in your group they could do the shuttling for you using your own vehicle. They could drive you to Pureora, then drive to Piropiro or Ongarue to pick you up at the end of your cycle day.
Can I be picked up from the Timber Trail Bike Bach by a Shuttle provider?
Yes, as we are in central Benneydale on the Main Rd, the shuttle providers go past the gate.
Are there hire bikes available?
Yes you can hire bikes from the providers noted above in the 'Bike Hire' Section.
How long will it take me to do the trail?
The first section from Pureora to Piropiro is 40kms, 4-5 hours, Grade 3 Intermediate. The second section Piropiro to Ongarue is 45kms, 4-5 hours, Grade 2 Easy. Depending on your fitness, the average person would expect to do the whole Timber Trial cycleway over two days.
Do I need to take food and water with me?
Yes most definitely - allow for stops along the way to refuel.
Is there cell coverage on the trail?
No cell ph coverage 95% of the time, so better still turn your phone off and just enjoy the ride amidst the beauty all around you! Carrying a personal locator beacon is advisable as this is a remote location.
Where do I start cycling?
While the whole Timber Trail can be done from either direction, it is generally recommended to begin at Pureora and end at Ongarue.
Where do I park my car if self driving?
At the Timber Trail Car park at the Nga Haerenga West Campsite.
Drive into Piropiro Flats (Waimiha), at the junction turn right and follow the markers/signs to the Timber Trail Car Park.
In the Timber Trail car park at the north end of Ongarue OR at the Bennett Rd Car Park 2.7km from Ongarue where track ends and meets the road.
Still have questions?
For further information regarding all aspects of the Timber Trail, see the following websites: