The Timber Trail

A feature article in this months ‘Progressive Building’ magazine by the New Zealand Institute of Building Inc. features The Timber Trail which is a section of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project. Trusted Weka SG8™ products were used extensively in this amazing section of the cycleway featuring more than 50 bridges with the longest being the Maramataha at 141m long and 53m above the ground. This is the longest suspension bridge to be built in New Zealand since the Arapuni Bridge in 1926.

The Timber Trail is an 85 km cycleway between Pureora and Ongarue. A 2-3 day cycling adventure on intermediate and easy gradients and surfaces, the Timber Trail is one of several cycleways developed as part of Nga Haerenga – the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Utilising historic bush tramways, old bulldozer and haul roads, and newly constructed track, this Grade 2/3 trail features 35 bridges, including 8 large suspension bridges (the longest being 141 metres). It showcases the historic Ongarue Spiral, a marvel of engineering. It passes through magnificent podocarp forests of rimu, totara, miro, matai and kahikatea, as well as some exotic forestry and more open vegetation, offering extensive views of the surrounding landscape.

We offer cut-to-length timber and helicopter size packs for these specialist applications and recommend that timber is acquired in advance to allow for it to dry before being used in these types of structures. For more information on timber for bridges see our Weka SG8™ range.

 

See more http://www.timbertrail.net.nz/ 

http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/striking-suspension/

http://www.nzcycletrail.com/timber-trail 

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/waikato/waitomo-pureora/the-timber-trail-pureora-ongarue/

Woolshed Cafe, Sanson

Built new to look like an authentic woolshed, the owners off this cafe have done an amazing job. Completed September 2012, The Woolshed replaces an the old homestead that had burnt down that they had operated in. Our Timber Consultants worked in closely with the Palmerston North based Approved Reseller and the builder to come up with a number of unique solutions for this project.

Initially we supplied 190 x 70 Kingfisher SG8 Dry Radiata floor bearers to support the structure. Then there was the custom run ex 150 x 25 Kakapo Cladding in Radiata Clears, bevel back, band sawn face. Large 250 x 250 Weka No.1 posts were used in the entry way and Weka SG8 posts on the handrail and deck construction and Kakapo Clears for the balustrades. Going inside band sawn face Douglas Fir exposed trusses make a feature of the ceiling. Behind these is a custom run sarking product from Kakapo Dress Grade with dressed 1 face, 2 edges to achieve a consistent width and thickness and the seen face left it is natural rough sawn state to give a rustic woolshed look to it.

Themed decor inside and beautiful colour selection give this cafe real character. Different eating areas mean you have a number of options where to dine, including an outside balcony with wool presses for bar leaners!

The Woolshed Cafe is situated on State Highway One, just 1 km south of Sanson and only a short drive from Palmerston North and Feilding.

The Woolshed Cafe offers a relaxing spacious eating experience with friendly service. The different areas in the cafe enable us to cater for groups of different sizes and needs without compromise. So whether you are wanting to get out into the countryside for a relaxing breakfast or lunch, travelling past on your way somewhere else and need a breather or are planning a private function, the Woolshed Cafe is the place to go.

Comments from customers impressed with the building style:

“I love that this Cafe is designed like a Wool Shed…”

“The decor is amazing, the kids loved the woolshed theme and the playground…”

See more http://www.woolshedcafe.co.nz/