Huka Falls tracks, Taupo

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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. Plan to visit Huka Falls tracks during your Taupo vacation using our convenient Taupo road trip planning site .
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  • A lovely place to spend your early morning / evening. The walk on the track is also a lot of fun. The breathtaking falls are definitely a site to visit in Taupo  more »
  • Our tour group stopped off to view the sheer power of the crystal blue water that passes through this place. Located among forest it proved to be a very scenic location  more »
  • It’s amazing and testament to the Taupo people that Huka Falls remains free to visit. Some of the best scenery we’ve seen on the North Island and the two hour walk itself is suitable for families (tho...  more »
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  • Superb views and what an amazing site. Be aware of crowds in summer. Main car park will more than probably be full. Probably better to park at the 'park and walk' stop and then walk down to the falls (only 15 minutes). A great place to stop during long trips on state Highway 1. Especially out of summer as you'll be able to park right next to the falls. Highly recommended.
  • This is shot and sweet fall! It's a very big place and the water color changes and every spot. The fall in itself is very beautiful. The walk and trails around this place is the best for walking. Early morning & evening is the best time.
  • We went on a cruise which takes about a hour to the falls. The water is very clear and the surroundings are quite nice. Fun to be on cruise to get close to waterfall. Watching spillway open is a good experience. There are lookout platforms with parking area. It’s a beautiful place.
  • Absolutely a must visit. Free to visit and easy access. One of the coolest natural water features I've seen. Make sure you walk the path to the overlook where the falls dump into the river. The massive amount of water shooting out of narrow falls is incredible.
  • unbelievable place, must do. FREE, easy access. You need to walk just a few meters. Gates open (for vehicles): 09am to 6pm daily. You may visit the Falls outside these hours, but you will have to walk there. After the bridge where you walk over the falls, you must walk down 100m to see the falls from the botton, super easy walk as well.

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