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Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam Loop, Waikato

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Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Emma

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:30 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 90%

Gravel Road: 5%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    The track starts 413 Huka Falls Rd, Taupo. Right next to the Mountain Bike Hire shop.

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

    5 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Generally good.

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

    Pack water


    Watch out for mountain bikers

  • Post run indulgence

    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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