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.


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