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Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids Walkway

Beginning at the powerful Huka Falls, this picturesque walkway follows the Waikato River all the way to the Aratiatia hydro dam and rapids.

Walkers are treated to spectacular views of the river and its magnificent water features, both from the track and from viewing platforms at each end. There are toilet facilities and picnic areas available, and the walkway links with other tracks for those who want to explore further.


The walkway can be accessed from Huka Falls, at its southern end, or from the Aratiatia hydro dam, at its northern end.  Huka Falls can be found at the end of Huka Falls Road, 1.6km north of Taupo, off State Highway 1. The Aratiatia hydro dam is located on Aratiatia Road, north of Taupo, off State Highway 5.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 2 hours one way
Length: 7km one way
Created: 23 May 1978
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.