Taupo to Huka Falls LoopBeginner
Submitted by Melissa Franklin
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Starting at the Taupo Domain, run up towards the Waitako River and the bridge that the main road out of Taupo travels to the north. Cross the road before the bridge and you should see the track going to the right of the bridge. Follow this track up the river and you will climb up to Spa Road and have to run along the road for a little bit before turning left on County Ave which goes to spa thermal park. Follow the foot path until you reach the end of the road at a park. You will see two tracks, one going to the left and the other goes straight ahead. The straight ahead route takes you to the mountain bike track which is nicer to run. The left takes you along the river path which is also easy to run but with sharper climbs. For the purpose of this trail directory, continue straight ahead and take the sign posted route to the mountain bike track. Follow this until you see a sign indicating the direction to Huka Falls (to your left). This track will take you down the hill to the bridge just above Huka Falls. If you want to see the falls you will have to run down the right side of the bridge until the end of the track. Once you have seen the falls, return back up the track to the bridge and continue on the river path as it goes past the bridge to the left. You will follow this path back to spa thermal park and then back track your footsteps the way you came back to your car.
Features of interest
Huka falls, thermal springs
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 90%
Sealed Road: 10%
Park car on Redoubt Road
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Just be aware of the where the track comes out on to Spa Road so you know where to find it when you return. Also I found when returning on the river path that after you cross a small bridge over a hot water steam there is a split in the track, go left here and that will return you to spa thermal park.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water in the toilets in spa thermal park if needed
River track holds up well in rain but mountain bike track can get muddy. Taupo can be cold in winter (and sometimes it even snows).
Watch for mountain bikers when using their tracks.
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