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Huka Falls to Aratiatia rapids Biking trail

Published: 7 April 2017
Last Updated: 15 March 2019
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The Walk

Out the back of Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids walk is a tough trail riding track that is roughly 12km in distance and a great track for people of all fitness levels, the track can be used for running, biking, or walking. The Track can be started from either the Huka Falls car park or the Aratiatia Dam car park. This bike trail is easy to do both ways and has some exciting attraction at the destination of either side.

What to expect


The trail is nicely maintained and inviting with lots of surrounding nature and fabulous views of farmland and tourist attractions around Taupo such as the Huka Falls Jets and Huka Prawn Park.

The track is well maintained and very wide, in the beginning, which narrows off into more of a single lane bike track towards the Aratiatia Dam. The track is often full of runners and trail riders of all ages so caution should be advised when on the track. You will see a lot of the river along this track and native plants and birds, there are a lot of places along the track where you can sit down and enjoy the views or take a break from walking.

The track has a few up hills and down hills that are not very hard. This track will take you roughly 45 minutes on the bike or 2 hours or so to walk 1 way.

Fitness level

This is not a very physically demanding track if you are only going one way and is suitable for almost any one of any fitness level, it is a great starting track for anyone wanting to get into trail riding and is a good family outing.

The track can be done as a loop going back and forth or one way depending on your travel requirements.

What to Bring

You don't really need much on this walk but depending on the weather as hot days may require more water than usual.

My suggestions are to bring.

  • Lunch for the look outs and rest spots.
  • Good amount of Water
  • Camera
  • Bike
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Article by: Brett
Category : Taupo Hiking

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