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Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam Trail


This grade 2-3 loop trail is perfect for the whole family. Highlights include river views, the impressive Aratiatia Dam release, stunning native bush and a hidden geothermal stream.

From Huka Falls you can ride to the Aratiatia Dam and return via the same track, or loop back on the other side of the river via Aratiatia Loop track, Wairakei Resort Track, Wairakei Tourist Track and Café Track. The ride is around 14km return or 7km one-way.

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 Aratiatia Dam open every two hours between 10am and 4pm for around 15 minutes creating a spectacular flow of water through a narrow gorge. It is an impressive sight so time your ride appropriately. 

If returning via the Aratiatia Loop track there are a number of points along the way to access Craters Mountain Bike Park if you are feeling like a longer ride. You can also return all the way back to Taupō town from Huka Falls via the Redwoods Trail.

Distance 14km (return)
Time 1 - 3 hours
Grade 3
Physical rating Easy
Direction Both directions
Transport, bike hire & guides Yes. Click here for more information
Dog access Yes
Physical address:
Huka Falls Road
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