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.

Guided Tour Includes:

  • Guide / Full instruction
  • Hard Tail Mountain bike, helmet, and puncture repair kit
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • DOC concession fee
  • Transport to and from tracks – from our base or
  • Transport from Taupo CBD if you do not have your own transport to get to our base (on request only).

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.

 

Bike Hire & 2 Way Transport Includes:

  • Hard Tail Mountain bike, helmet, and puncture repair kit
  • Bike Lock (optional)
  • DOC concession fee
  • Transport to and from tracks – from our base or
  • Transport from Taupo CBD if you do not have your own transport to get to our base (on request only).

 

Time (can be flexible with times for group bookings)

  • 9am

Starting Location

  • Our Base – Unit 2 876 Acacia Bay Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo

 

Prices:

Bike Hire & 2 Way Transport

  • NZD $120 per person for 1-2 people (minimum 2 people to run bike hire & transport)
  • NZD $110 per person for 3 people
  • NZD $100 per person for 4 plus people

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Guided Tour Package

  • NZD $235 per person for 1-2 people (minimum 2 people to run tour)
  • NZD $205 per person for 3 people
  • NZD $180 per person for 4 plus people

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Single Person

For a single person, please call office to see if other people have booked onto our different package options before booking. We can run the packages for a solo person, with an adjusted price as follows:
– Bike hire & transport – NZD $170.00
– Tour – NZD $400.00
*Price adjustment:  If another booking comes through the price will be adjusted (refunded) to the 1-2 people pricing.