4 miles
Distance
529 ft
Climb
-612 ft
Descent
00:25:08
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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #18888 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -83 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,083 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,264 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,190 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,107 ft
  • Grade
    -0.375%
  • Grade max
    -39.956%
  • Grade min
    37.834%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,968 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:33:57
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Status:
on Jan 1, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
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      Aratiatia Dam Trail Reports

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      Jan 1, 2019 @ 4:52pm
      Jan 1, 2019
      Nov 12, 2018 @ 2:31pm
      Nov 12, 2018
      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
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 87 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
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      Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:04pm
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      Aratiatia Dam, Taupo
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      Aratiatia Dam, Taupo
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      Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:03pm
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      Aratiatia Dam, Taupo
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      Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:03pm
      Mar 4, 2018
      Aratiatia Dam, Taupo

      Routes with this trail

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      Huka Challenge Steamer 2018 race
      35 miles
      Huka Challenge 2018 race
      45 miles

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