Last Updated: 11th Feb 2024

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Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam Loop

Taupo, Waikato

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Last Updated: 11th Feb 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 15 ?

Gnarl Factor: 13 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.6%


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Estimated Times to Run







This is a loop heading anti clock wise, there are blue markers along the way. Starting from the south corner of the Mountain Bike Hire shop head south towards Huka falls. Cross the Waikato river on the foot bridge and take the track straight ahead ("MTB this way" sign). Follow this north along the river. At the under pass head right, under State Highway 1 along the Huka- Aratiatia walkway. When you reach the dam cross the bridge to loop back south on the west side of the river. There is a short stint on the road (1km), after going under SH1 again, turn left into a parking lot. The track proceeds on the right hand corner of this car park. The track continues along the back of Wairakei Resort, and crosses paths with a hot stream! It then comes out on to Karetoto road, cross on to the left hand side and follow the track that runs parallel to the road, heading back toward the start point.

There is heap to see: Huka falls, the Aratatia dam, Wairakei Geothermal power station, a hot stream.

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There is room for parking on Huka Falls road opposite the Hub Cafe/ Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire

5 km

5 minutes




Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Pack water


Watch out for mountain bikers

Paetiki Bakery
20 Spa Road, Taupo
Maybe the best pies around! They have a large selection of gourmet pies and have won some awards.

The Hub Cafe
415 Huka Falls Rd, Wairakei
This is right next to the start/finish point, if you are feeling peckish.

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Trail Reviews

Great run! Did this a few days ago. A few mtbikers around and tourists at falls. I took my dog and had no problems at all.

Sarah Manders

July 23, 2020

Really nice running. Plenty of interesting sidelines. Was at Wairakei Resort for a conference, just walked out the door and did the loop

Tony Sharpe

October 30, 2019

A really pleasant bit of trail to cruise along on. Would trade again.

Sean McWilliams

August 20, 2019

I did this today in the heat which made it tough going. Meet a few MTBers on the way so watch out and the dam was busy with tourists. Otherwise a great run. After returning to Huka falls I grab an ice block at the shop (note toilets cost 50c to use there) are that and then ran back to Taupo via the redwoods track which was stunning. So adding to 5kms to this 17km was a good day out!

Melissa Franklin

January 12, 2018

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