Off-leash | Point-to-point | Distance: 7 km | Duration: 3 hours | Difficulty: Easy | Exposed to the weather

The Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam walk in Taupo is a must-do for nature lovers and anyone looking to experience the beauty of New Zealand’s outdoors. This scenic 7-kilometer track offers a relatively easy hike that can be enjoyed by walkers of all ages and fitness levels. Starting at the impressive Huka Falls, where you can marvel at the sheer power and volume of water crashing down, the trail follows the Waikato River through lush native bush.

As you walk, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the river and its surroundings. The track is well-maintained, with plenty of spots to stop and take in the scenery. The sound of the river and the calls of native birds create a peaceful atmosphere, making it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.

About halfway through the walk, you’ll come across a great spot for a picnic by the riverbank. Continue on, and you’ll eventually reach the Aratiatia Dam, where you can witness the dramatic release of water from the dam gates if you time it right. This happens several times a day and is a spectacular sight.

Overall, this walk is a fantastic way to spend a few hours in Taupo, offering a mix of tranquility and natural beauty.

Additional Details

  • Time:3 hours (one way)
  • Distance:7 kms
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