In the central plateau, traverse ancient forest, suspension bridges and historic tramways. The 85km Timber Trail located in the Pureora Forest Park is home to 1,000 year-old trees and preserves the last remnants of extensive podocarp forests that once covered most of the Central Plateau. Only in 1946 was the forest opened for logging – one of the last native forests to do so. It’s home to many historical attractions such as the former mill village housing, old logging machinery from the 40’s and 50’s and the Ongarue Tramway and Spiral.
This Grade 2-3 trail features over 30 bridges and passes through podocarp forests of native rimu, totara and kahikatea as well as open vegetation, making use of historic bulldozer and haul roads.