2-6 hours. Grade 2-3.
Spa Park to Huka Falls – 5km.
Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam – 7km.
Total 12km one way / 24km return.
Allow a leisurely 2-3 hours to complete the trail from Spa Park to Huka Falls and back; or 5-6 hours if you choose to continue on to the Aratiatia Dam.
This is one of our more popular mountain biking packages which is great for beginners and also advanced riders alike due to the various riding options available.
Everyone will start at Spa Thermal Park and bike through to Huka Falls. The biking trail follows the Waikato River through native bush and passes Huka Lodge before emerging at Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most highly visited natural attraction. There are plenty of viewing platforms at Huka Falls so make sure you get a photo of the most photographed scenic attraction in New Zealand!
From Huka Falls, you will have several options. Advanced riders can opt to extend the ride to Aratiatia Dam to watch the dam gate open while the rest can wait with a hot cuppa at the Hub Café or carry on to the nearby Craters MTB Park for some easy riding.
The Aratiatia Dam gates open at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm (summer), and 10am, 12pm and 2pm (winter) and are an impressive sight. If you are biking with our guide, he will time your ride appropriately. The trail to Aratiatia Dam begins with a short climb but eases and is suitable for most beginners.
You will then bike back towards Huka Falls past the Wairakei geothermal power station and trough the back of Wairakei Resort along a beautiful green thermal stream to meet up with the rest of your group.
Once everybody is gathered back at Huka Falls, you can choose to ride back to Spa Park the same way you came or get our courtesy transport to drop you back to base.
There are just too many attractions to list on this ride, why not make a day of it and spend the day visiting some of them. A great one for the family.
- Courtesy transport from accommodation in Spa Park to begin ride. Optional courtesy tranport from Hub Café/Huka Falls back to base if you don’t want to ride the return back.
- Bike and equipment hire (bike,helmet, puncture repair kit)
- Doc concession ticket
- Optional guide on request
Having a guide is a great way to maximize the enjoyment of the trip for all participating. Our guides will not only show you the way and manage any incidents, they will brief riders on upcoming trail segments and can also explain some of the history of the area. Our guides strive to provide the best possible biking experience, catering the trip to suit each individual’s needs and riding ability. They provide for a safer trip and are also very handy for unexpected incidents such as a tyre puncture.
Times (can be flexible with times for group bookings)
- Spa Park
Number of people
|Bike hire and transport (per person)||$160||$100||$90||$80|
|GROUP TOTAL (for number of people)||$160*||$200||$270||$320|
|Guiding, snacks & refreshment (per person)||$190||$100||$80||$65|
|GROUP TOTAL (for number of people)
Includes bike hire, transport, guiding, snacks & refreshment
This price is for a min 1 person trip. If we receive another booking, your cost will be $100 for bike hire and transport and an extra $100 if you include the guide and refreshments (total $200).