Te Araroa Trail Day 43. Pureora Forest Park – Taumarunui 1075km

Te Araroa Trail Timber Trail Pureora Forest Park

Te Araroa Trail – Timber Trail

We were up early and on the Timber trail by 6.15am today.

It wasn’t quite so hot today – there was plenty of cloud cover which made it pretty humid instead. Anja, Markus and I made good time. We passed through the Ongarue spiral (a feat of engineering back in the day that allowed logging trams to climb in elevation over a relative short distance) and we went over another couple of nice bridges.

Te Araroa Trail Timber Trail Pureora Forest Park
Te Araroa Trail Day 43 – More amazing bridges on the Timber Trail Pureora Forest Park

 

Te Araroa Trail Timber Trail Pureora Forest Park
Te Araroa Trail Day 43 – Timber Trail, Pureora Forest Park

Out to Taumarunui

We reached the Bennett Road car park and the end of the Timber trail around 10.30am and had a short rest stop. Owing to the ease of the terrain, the Timber Trail took much less time than expected – 2.5 days and 2 nights in the forest itself.

We began our road walk. There was a Ford Model T car rally going on, so lots of beautiful old cars passed us and gave us a toot and a wave. We later hitched a lift with a local (Rob) who took us into Taumarunui. Upon his recommendation we had a pie and coffee at the Pie-Nui cart (yummy) did a bit of shopping then went to our separate accommodation.

My bed for the next couple of nights is in the Taumarunui Holiday Park, a couple of Kms out of town. I spent all afternoon eating and trying not to fall asleep 😉

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