4 miles
Distance
529 ft
Climb
-612 ft
Descent
00:28:06
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Huka Trails
    Taupo
  • Ref Number
    #4
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #18888 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in E-Biking
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 90 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Huka Falls to Aratiatia mountain bike trail 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
    00:28:06
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:24
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Status:
on Jan 29, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 3.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Huka Falls to... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jan 29, 2021 @ 9:41pm
      Jan 29, 2021
      Quite dusty and track is eroding in places but usable. Bit more than beginner track but not overly difficult if you take it easy
      Jan 29, 2021 @ 9:40pm
      Jan 29, 2021
      Quite dusty and lots of ups and downs in places due to slips but very usable
      Nov 14, 2020 @ 1:20pm
      Nov 14, 2020
      The track is getting so easy that ride my gravel bike
      Sep 26, 2020 @ 2:46pm
      Sep 26, 2020
      reporter Excellent improvements beyond the red bridge heading north.
      Sep 5, 2020 @ 6:07pm
      Sep 5, 2020
      Just after the lookout over huka falls heading to aratiatia the left side of the track is washed out, forcing you to the right and a tree branch...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 3 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 98 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
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      • 713 rides
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      Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:04pm
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