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Huka to Aratiatia

 

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In another example of the good thinking that Taupo's administrators are capable of, the excellent Huka Falls to Aratiatia trail has been extended to the bottom of Spa Park.

 

It now starts at the bottom of Spa Park (opposite the Taupo Events Centre and hot pools) where the park hits the Waikato River and follows the bank north to the Aratiatia Dam. The first section is a major feat of trail building, which is almost roadlike in its width and general construction, but there are bits of singletrack here and there which are nice.

There is a huge washout the trail traverses which is really cool, and a gully that has big pines fallen across it that begs for some fool (or fools) to saddle up for the hell Kodak moment. Once past the Huka Falls (where you get to show your style to hordes of tourists) the trail is narrower and pretty mellow, but worth the ride for the views and corners. Watch out for walkers, and if possible get to the other end at 10.30am to see the water get released into the Aratiatia rapids.

Obviously you can start a the Aratiatia end, ride into Taupo for a coffee and cake, and return via Craters for a big day out, but that would mean leaving the car in a lonesome spot for a long time.

South of the Huka Falls is the top drawer Huka Lodge, where you can sleep in luxury and eat like a king (or queen) or pig, for that matter, as long as you have plenty of money. A couple of hundred metres further up stream is Reid's farm, a free campsite where you can sleep in your van and eat picnic food of your choice for nothing.

 


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