Open day celebrates the ride
The summer will start with a hiss and a bang in Pureora Forest with the opening of the southern section of the Timber Trail cycle trail. On Saturday, December 1, cyclists are invited to ride from Piropiro to Ongarue and arrive in time for the opening ceremony at 2pm at Ongarue School.
Non-cyclists are also invited to join in the celebrations.
These include a range of displays set up at the school and a short film about the construction.
There is also a walk organised to visit the Ongarue Spiral.
This cycle trail is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trails Project, set up to provide world-class cycle rides and promote economic development in rural areas.
The Timber Trail (formally known as the Central North Island Rail Trail) was announced as a quick-start project by Prime Minister John Key in 2009 and its opening underlines a new era of use in the Pureora Forest Park.
‘‘The Timber Trail is the biggest capital investment the Department of Conservation (DOC) has made in a single development since the construction of the Kepler track in the 1990s.
‘‘The key to this trail is its proximity to the large metropolitan areas of Auckland, Hamilton and Taupo – large cycling communities – and the easy cycling grade the trail has been built to,’’ project manager John Gaukrodger said.
READY: The Timber Trail is set to open.