“Mellow sightseeing trail featuring stunning views of native bush, river rapids and waterfalls.
— Megan W
The Rotary Ride can start either at Riverside Park or at the end of Spa Road in the Spa Thermal Park. End the trail either at Huka Falls or Aratiatia Dam. The ride can be done as an out and back or get a friend to drop you off at the start and pick you up at the end to make it a one-way trip. It is also possible to hire a shuttle beforehand.
If starting from Riverside Park in town, you'll closely parallel the Waikato River on a gentle path through Taupo. Soon the trail follows beside Spa Road briefly before turning left on County Ave. and arriving at Spa Thermal Park.
From Spa Thermal Park the trail follows the Waikato River north. A short climb up through
native bush onto a ridge leads to an area filled with tall pine trees and stunning views of
the native bush and river below. From there its a gradual downhill ride to Huka Falls, one of New Zealands most highly visited natural attractions. Here you can view the Falls from above, stop for a drink and a snack and of course take a few photos from one of several viewing points.
Upon leaving Huka Falls there are several options. You ride back to town the way you came; you can be picked up by car or shuttle and returned to town (or your car); or if youre feeling more adventurous you could ride a further 7km up to the Aratiatia Dam.
When carrying on to the Aratiatia Dam, theres a short climb at first, but eases and is
suitable for most beginners. In the summer months (October to March) the flood gates on
the dam open every 2 hours between 10am and 4pm, showing you what the river looked
like before the Dam was erected. It is a pretty impressive sight so time your ride