4.2 miles
Distance
551 ft
Climb
-632 ft
Descent
00:20:39
Avg time

Aratiatia Dam Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #9121

A trail all the way to Aratiatia Dam some 7 kilometers away. Although this track starts with a bit of a nasty short climb it is an easy track thereafter suitable for most beginners. In the summer months (October to March) the flood gates on the damn open every 2 hours between 10am and 4pm - which is a pretty impressive sight. Head back the same way as you came to Huka Falls.

From the Huka Falls bridge you can also ride up to the Helistar Hub Cafe and a linking tunnel under the roadway to the Wairakei Forest with it's network of fantastic flowing trails.

A final warning - the trails around the Huka Falls are very popular with walkers and tourists so although they are wide enough to pass walkers while on your bike you need to be in the lookout.

source: NZ by bike
Access Info

Huka Falls or Aratiatia Road at the Dam

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Aratiatia Dam mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -81 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,083 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,264 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,190 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,109 ft
  • Grade
    -0.369%
  • Grade max
    -39.782%
  • Grade min
    37.553%
  • Distance climb
    1.6 miles
  • Distance down
    2.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,014 ft
  • Avg time
    00:20:39
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on Mar 25, 2016
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Avg: 4 (4 votes)

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Mar 25, 2016 @ 12:17am
Mar 25, 2016
The trail is dry in most areas, but is very muddy around the Huka Falls end of the trail. There is a fallen tree blocking the path, between the...
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