4 miles
Distance
551 ft
Climb
-632 ft
Descent
00:23:33
Avg time

Aratiatia Dam Details

  • Riding area
    Huka Trails
    Taupo
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking

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. Park map no 4.

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
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,014 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:33
  • Avg reverse time
    00:33:57
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Mar 4, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

view (268)
close
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to aratiatia-dam trailhead (-38.649530, 176.091640)
update trails status or condition

Aratiatia Dam Trail Reports

datedescription
Mar 4, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Mar 4, 2018
Open and clear trail - no issues
Jan 3, 2018 @ 11:47pm
Jan 3, 2018
Clear trail, couple of puddles and narrowed by grass and some blackberry close to the dam end
Nov 24, 2017 @ 12:48pm
Nov 24, 2017
Nov 11, 2017 @ 8:30pm
Nov 11, 2017
Trail dry & in good condition was lucky enough to get to Aratiatia for the floodgate opening, amazing.
Jan 16, 2017 @ 11:06am
Jan 16, 2017
view all reports »

Photos

more »
1 |
Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:04pm
Mar 4, 2018
Aratiatia Dam, Taupo
1 |
Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:03pm
Mar 4, 2018
Aratiatia Dam, Taupo
2 |
Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:03pm
Mar 4, 2018
Aratiatia Dam, Taupo
1 |
Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:03pm
Mar 4, 2018
Aratiatia Dam, Taupo

Reviews / Comments

No reviews yet, be the first to write a review or ask a question.
Use trail reports to comment on trail conditions.


Post a Comment



You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login

Videos

no videos have been added for Aratiatia Dam yet, add a video.
  • subscribe
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.