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Always wanted to cycle the Timber Trail? glamp in the middle of a forest? get off the beaten track and see a beautiful part of NZ? I recently did the two day cycling and glamping trip on the Timber Trail and had such a fabulous time I thought I'd organise this meetup event so that other people get to experience it. I will not be attending the event but happy to do the organisation behind the scenes.
The Timber trail is 85km grade 2-3 and you would need to have a mountain bike with front or full suspension. You cycle through stunning NZ forest and cross a number of suspension bridges (if you have a fear of heights this trail may not be for you). You need to be an intermediate mountain biker as you need to be able to handle uneven surfaces and change a tyre if required. In terms of fitness you need to be medium bike fitness if you use an ebike and good fitness if you use a normal mountain bike. Given that people cycle at different speeds it will be expected that every 5km everyone regroups to ensure no-one is left behind.
Drive down on Saturday 22nd Oct (3.5 hour drive from Auckland) and organise your own accommodation in Ongarue or Taumarunui (there is a cottage in Ongarue that sleeps 6+ that I would highly recommend). Meet up at 8am Sunday morning at the Bennett Road carpark in Ongarue and catch a shuttle to the start of the track at Pureora. Your clothes, food and drink will be transported to the glamping accommodation. Refer to this link for a description of the track.
At the end of the first day's ride you arrive at Camp Epic which offers fantastic glamping accommodation in the middle of the forest. You will share a two person tent and there are stylish shared bathroom facilities and a communal open kitchen and campfire. I'd suggest having a communal dinner on the Sunday night with everyone looking after their own breakfasts and lunches. There are facilities to charge ebikes and phones.
Monday morning you'll head off for the second day's cycle and arrive back at the Bennett Road car-park mid-afternoon where your gear and cars will be waiting and then head back to Auckland.
Cost : Glamping and shuttle transport is $180 per person and bike hire is $110pp for a normal bike and $200 for an ebike. I would highly recommend using Camp Epic for bike hire - their customer service was fantastic as they waited 7km up the trail to check that everything was okay. If you are bringing your own bike you can rent a tool kit from them as you need to be self-sufficient for most of the track. There is the option to bring your own tent - the cost is $115.
You will need to have a vaccination pass for this trip.
To book a spot please email [masked] and mention the Auckland Adventure Meetup Group. Ideally the group size will be about 10 people. As its a public holiday weekend bikes and accommodation will book up well in advance which is why I have posted this event so early. If there is more interest I'd be happy to organise another trip over Auckland Anniversary weekend.
Closer to the time I will organise a zoom call for those who are coming and we can plan any further details.
Participation in this activity is at your own risk.