The Timber Trail

Project name: The Timber Trail: Pureora – Onegarue

Project location: Pureora Forest Park, Manawatu-Wanganui

Timeframe: Completed 2013

Description of the project, and Frame’s role

Originally known as the Central North Island Rail Trail or Pureora Timber Trail, The Timber Trail is one of 22 great rides developed as part of Ngā Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.  This 85km cycle Trail stretching from Pureora Village in the north to Ongarue in the south passes through rugged bush in the heart of Pureora forest in the central North Island. The trail follows historic tramways and logging roads and is linked with new tracks and bridges. The Trail features 35 bridges, including 8 large suspension bridges.  

Frame Group was engaged by the Department of Conservation to design and project manage the trail and bridges on this trail while trying to preserve as much of the bridges and tramway as possible.

Project highlights

  • Maramataha bridge measuring 141m long spanning 50m above the stream bed.
  • Upgrade to the historic Ongarue Tramline Spiral and Tunnel.
  • Design of the Caterpillar Crawler Tractor Shelter.
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