On Tue 29th of Oct Timberlands will commence our “spring/summer” harvest programme which includes areas of Moerangi, Tawa, Hill, Princess Anne roads. The primary trails affected will be Billy-T, Spring Roll and Sweet and Sour (see map above).
The first block to commence will be in the Moerangi and Tawa Road area. Harvest operations will be active between the hours of 4am - 3.30pm Mon-Fri. A decision has been made to temporarily close a section of 8 Mile Gate and Waipa Bypass Rds during operations due to the increased risk for public using this area for parking and access. This includes the 8 Mile Gate and the Nursery Road carparks (southern end). Carparking will be available at Planet Bike, or if full back at Waipa main carpark.
The main trail affected will be Billy T (and Underbilly) – This trail will be permanently closed for the duration of the operation. Other trails and roads periodically affected will be Te Mounga (top), G-Rock, Hatupatu, Dammit Janet, Chestnut Link, Te Tihi O Tawa, Moerangi Road and Tawa Road – These may be closed between 4am and 3.30pm weekdays, but we hope to keep these to a minimum. All trails and roads will be re-opened (unless deemed unsafe) by security after 3:30pm on weekdays and be open on weekends (excl. Billy T).
Timberlands requests that everyone please obeys all restrictions and respects the security officers - they are there for your safety.
The second area to be logged will contain Nice and Princess Anne Roads and the two trails Spring Roll and Sweet and Sour. The start date is scheduled for mid-November (further details coming soon).
Scheduled Public Shuttle Operation Times:
The Shuttle will not operate in heavy rain conditions, check our facebook status at top of page for the latest information updated daily
You don't need to book the public shuttle, just turn up at one of the pick-up points, join the queue, when the bus comes load your bike and then purchase a ticket from the driver with cash or visa/eftpos. To make a group charter bus or Landrover booking or get a weather update text/ call 0276543038.
The shuttles leaves at the scheduled start time from Waipa car park on Waipa State Mill Road, off State Highway 5, just south of Rotorua.
For the rest of the day, the shuttles pick up every 10-15 minutes from the corner of Hill and Pipeline Roads (get the trailmapps app to find this intersection).
Uplift Ticket Prices
Tickets can be purchased from the shuttle driver with cash or Eftpos/Visa, or purchased on the tickets page and picked up from the driver
1 Uplift $10
5 uplifts shareable: $40
16 Uplift shareable: $100
All uplift tickets are non refundable and expire at the end of Southstar's access concession (currently 1 Dec 2019).
Southstar Shuttles - what is it?
Southstar Shuttles uplifts mountain bikers to the top of Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua so you can ride down hill all day on some of New Zealand’s best trails. There are a variety of trails from cruisy Green trails like Corner’s Track to black diamond options such as the Taniwha National Downhill Track. There are over 30km of trail that can be mixed and matched to give you the best part of a mountain bike ride - railing down a mint trail without the ride up. For info txt or call 0276543038
Trailmapps Rotorua Smartphone App
The Trailmapps App is available in the Apple App Store, and in the Google Play Store for $12.99. The killer feature of this app is that it uses the phone's GPS to show you where you are on the map. With this app you tap the GPS button at the bottom of the screen and an icon shows you your current location. The GPS can be used with your phone cell data service turned on or off, so once you've initially downloaded the app, there's no data charges from your carrier (i.e Spark/Vodafone/2degrees etc), the GPS doesn't need data to work as it uses satellites.
New trails are added to the app via free updates, so you constantly have the latest info.