Huka Falls tracks, Taupo

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Waterfall Hiking Trail
Hike or bike the trails around Huka Falls tracks, 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 tracks can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Where to stay in Taupo

As a resort town, Taupo offers a diversity of accommodations. Boutique, luxury, and spa hotels are easily found in the town center, while some of the more luxurious options are set farther out in secluded spots reachable by car or taxi. Backpacker hostels and rental apartments provide good options for those wanting to get up into the mountains, or out onto the lake to enjoy the activities.
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  • Huka falls beauty is not in its size because to be honest is quite small but it's beauty is in the strength it has even though its so small and the color it has is amazing. It's like the color of a Ti...  more »
  • We decided to visit Huka Falls after reading some review about it. We trekked for an hour on generally flat path with some slopes to reach Huka Falls. The view is well worth the effort! Do note that y...  more »
  • Great fun excellently constructed bike tracks. Very scenic. Easy riding taking you down part of the Waikato River past the bungy jumping onto Huka Falls and Aratiatia Rapids.  more »
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  • There is a great outlook off the side of the road that has an overlook of these magnificent falls! The hue of the translucent turquoise water is just incredible and I highly recommend driving down and hiking to get a closer look! There are jet boats and other water activities near the falls and will take you on the water. I did not do any of them, but they are available and look like fun. Whatever you do, do not pass these falls by!
  • Chill place to spend some time. Great for water lovers, I was mesmerized by the falls.
  • I went here last year, it's a wonderful place to visit. Cracking views, and a good place to photograph.
  • Quick and easy to access the falls from the car park can be difficult to park during peak times!
  • Awesome scenery. If you have plenty of time try the easy and relaxing walk from Spa Thermal Park.