Current Riding Conditions
The Timber Trail is OPEN
Updated November 2023
We're all open and rolling. Please see information on Centre of North Island track Arataki Bridge replacement detour below.
Pureora cabins are closed Thurs 30th Nov for one week due to a family emergency. We will update on any changes.
Spring conditions on the top of Mt Pureora can still be cold- ensure you have plenty of warm gear and pack well.
The trail is riding well despite the Winter weather. Check you have packed plenty of warm gear, sunscreen, a PLB and some food and plenty of water - and make the most of some stunning riding. (It can still be very cold over the top)
If you see something that needs fixing, please let us know!
The track from 60kms - 72kms is wetter and rougher than we would like, take your time and ride to your ability.
The last 3kms of the track has recently been regraded, the surface is still soft so care should be taken. More work is due to be completed on this section.
(Check out our packing list Plan Ahead)
Happy riding - and celebrate being out in the wonderful Pureora Forest Park
In an emergency - Dial 111.
In case of fire, accident or other emergency.
Give Emergency Services your location (nearest km marker)
Maintenance work is continuing on the track, please be aware of contractors and follow instructions if asked.
Centre of North Island Heartland Ride Updates
Arataki Bridge Replacement - Detour in place
Construction on a new replacement bridge for the iconic but past its use by date tramping track swing bridge is beginning on Monday November 20th, 2023.
The bridge will be closed through this period, so we recommend the following detour instead.
From Arataki Rd, turn left down Pakonui Rd, turn right onto SH32 and travel around 11kms to Kakaho Rd following this to Link Road and back on track. There are two closed roads enroute (Swamp Road and one unnamed), do not use these as the bridges have been removed.
The new bridge will be 650mm deck width and 31m long; similar to some of the suspension bridges on the Timber Trail. More on the Centre of North Island Trail
Central North Island Heartland Ride Traffic Alert
Please note there is additional traffic on Link Road into the YMCA Camp (due to renovations). Please stay alert and follow the road rules for everyone's safety. Stay left where practical.
If you see anything on this track that needs attention - please let us know.
Ongarue - Taumarunui Back Road (Tour Aotearoa / Connector Ride)
Expect logging trucks along this road through 2023/24. Signage is in place.
More on this Connector Ride