Date: 27 November 2012
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 1 December cyclists are invited to ride from Piropiro to Ongarue and arrive in time for the opening ceremony at 2:00 pm at the Ongarue School. Non-cyclists are also invited to join in the celebrations with a range of displays set up at the school and a short film about the construction being some of the activities on offer. There is also a walk organised to visit the Ongarue Spiral.
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Cyclists crossing the Mangatukutuku Bridge
This cycle trail is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trails Project, set up to provide a network of 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" says Project Manager John Gaukrodger.
Programme Manager Community Relations
Maniapoto Area Office
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