“A super long ride across ancestral Maori lands- split it up or do it all in one really big day.” — Megan W
Need to Know
The first half of the trail begins at Pureora Village where you can park your car. (Note: the Department of Conservation office located there is only open during working hours, Monday to Friday.) From there, the trail winds through the Pikiariki Ecological Area before climbing Mount Pureora. It then traverses the mountain 940 metres above sea level, traveling over two large suspension bridges, before heading down to the half way point and camping ground at Piropiro.
You can camp overnight at the Piropiro Flats Campsite. Alternatively there are a number of
B&Bs and Farmstays in the area which shuttle operators can take you to. If you choose this
option ensure you have arranged both the accommodation and transport to it in advance.
The second half of the trail from Piropiro to Ongarue follows the historic Ellis and Burn
Tramline crossing one of New Zealands highest and longest suspension bridges, the
Maramataha Suspension Bridge, before ascending to the to Ongarue Spiral. The final
descent from the Ongarue Spiral offers a free flowing ride for the more experienced riders,
before hitting the final flat section leading into Ongarue.