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Huka Falls Waikato River

Huka Falls, Waikato River

Huka Falls on the Waikato River, New Zealand.
Huka Falls on the Waikato River, North Island, New Zealand.

Huka Falls is near the town of Taupo on the Waikato River. The river is the longest in New Zealand and known for its white-water rafting.

The falls are one of the most visited natural attractions in the country.

In the Maori language "huka" means foam which is appropriate, as the river gushes 20 metres down through a narrow 20-meter wide gorge.

The force of the water is incredible. 220,000 litres of water per second, in fact, pours down the waterfall. The super blue colour comes from the clarity of the water reflecting blue light.

Huka Falls
The volume of water would fill an Olympic swimming pool in 11 seconds

Access - Getting There

The car park for the falls is about 1.6 km north of Taupō. A sightseeing bus passes on a circuit several times a day.

The Huka Falls trail follows the river. The walk is about 90 minutes from Spa Thermal Park to the falls.

There are also river cruises and jet boat trips to the base of the falls.

The i-Site in Taupō has information on getting to the falls, buses and boat trips.

Taupo i-SITE

30 Tongariro Street, Taupo
Tel: +64 7 376 0027

Huka Falls
Huka Falls

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Huka jet boat trip
Huka jet boat trip

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