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.

Perfect for the whole family, this trail offers beautiful river views, the spectacular Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam release, stunning native bush, and a hidden geothermal stream. Enjoy a mix of scenic beauty and gentle adventure as you explore this delightful and accessible trail. A fun experience for all ages.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    6.7 Km
  • Time
    2 hrs Cycling | 3 hrs Walking
  • Ability
    Grade 3 | Intermediate
  • Trail Type
    River | Dirst | Shared use


The Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam trail features a mix of gentle climbs and descents along a mostly flat trail. Soak in the stunning views of the river and native bush, with highlights including the Huka Falls, Aratiatia Dam release, and a hidden geothermal stream.


Elevation | 385m

Climb | 2.6km

Descent | 3.5km

Flat |600m

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Riding the Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam Trail

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.


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