The Rotary Ride track begins at the Spa Thermal Park. You can leave your car here for your return, or book a shuttle. The track is a grade 3 trail, making it suitable for intermediate riders to enjoy.
Allow a leisurely 2-3 hours to complete the 5.5km trail from Spa Park to Huka Falls and back; or 5-6 hours if you choose to continue on to the Aratiatia Dam, which is another 7km along the river.
From Spa Thermal Park the trail follows the Waikato River north. A short climb up through native bush onto a ridge, leads to an area filled with tall pine trees and stunning views of the native bush and river below.
From there it’s a gradual downhill ride to Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most highly visited natural attraction. Here you can view the Falls from above, stop for a drink and a snack and of course take a few photos from one of several viewing points.
If you are carrying on to the Aratiatia Dam, there’s a short climb at first, but eases and is suitable for most beginners. In the summer months (October to March) the flood gates on the dam open every two hours between 10am and 4pm, showing you what the river looked like before the Aratiatia Dam was erected. It is a pretty impressive sight so time your ride appropriately. At the end, just head back the same way you came or return along the other side of the river.
|Distance||5.5km (or 19.5km)|
|Direction||Return via the same track|
|Transport & guides||Yes. Click here for information.|
|Dog access||Yes, dogs allowed|