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Pureora Forest

With its rich, pristine rainforest and iconic 1,000-year-old trees, the Pureora Forest is a vast natural wonderland to discover.

Renowned as one of the finest rain forests in the world, the 78,000 hectare Pureora Forest reserve is the epitome of primeval New Zealand. Immerse yourself in a canopy of ancient trees including rimu, mataī, miro, kahikatea and towering tōtaraas well as a chorus of abundant native bird life.

It wasn’t until 1946 that Pureora Forest opened up for logging and to this day preserves the last remnants of extensive native podocarp forests that once covered most of the central North Island and is also home to historic attractions of national significance.

Pureora Forest is also home to NZ Cycle Trails star the Timber Trail – an epic 85km multi-day mountain biking journey following historic bush tramways, magnificent suspension bridges and virgin ancient forest.

There are many entry points to the Pureora Forest Park, with tracks of varying standards and lengths. Choose one of the many walking and mountain biking tracks within the park and discover historic relics while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

The summit of Mount Pureora provides panoramic views of Lake Taupō, Tongariro National Park and Mount Taranaki.

Places to stay include Taumarunui and National Park Village.

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