Huka Falls, Taupo

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Hike or bike the trails around Huka Falls, draining the country's largest lake by surface area and appealing to both amateur photographers and adventure seekers. Just upstream from the mighty falls, the Waikato River enters a rugged canyon and narrows abruptly from 100 m (328 ft) down to just 15 m (49 ft) across. The sudden constriction of the river's flow creates massive pressure that helps make Waikato's dramatic 10 m (33 ft) splash into a freshwater pool all the more spectacular. Walk a footbridge to admire the force of the falls, which the native tribes called "Hukanui," the Great Body of Spray. To get even closer to the roaring waters, try jet boating on the river. Using our custom trip planner, Taupo attractions like Huka Falls can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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TripAdvisor
  • Huka falls is breathtakingly beautiful. highly recommend viewing it from a boat though.. crystal clear blue waters. definitely one of my favourite parts of taupo 
  • How it's the #1 attraction in Taupo on TripAdvisor I don't understand. It's just a mountain river. If you've been on mountain trips before then I wouldn't recommend it at all. Otherwise it's ok. But t...  more »
  • Never before in 30 years of visits, have I seen anyone go over the "falls"! This weekend saw 4 people in kayaks manoeuvre themselves and gracefully made their way down the shute and over. Amazing to w...  more »
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  • Stunning view, amazing pristine water, love it on our every visit. There are a few nice walkways along the river, parts of it overlook Huka Lodge, good to see how the other half lives.
  • Look very nice and the falls are very powerful, impressive! You can make the hike from the parking to the hot pools, and have a great afternoon.
  • Great stop-off on your way to/from Taupo. A great photo opportunity and so much else to do nearby also.
  • Such a great camp ground free over night parking down the southern end of Huka Falls Road . Huka Falls is one of the most visited places in New Zealand
  • Nice feelings. Worth it. Make sure to bring some changes as there is a donation box over the bridge.