Huka Falls Walkway, Taupo

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Hike or bike the trails around Huka Falls Walkway, 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 Walkway during your Taupo vacation using our convenient Taupo road trip planning site .
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  • This is a great walk that flanks the river from the thermal stream to the falls. Great way to kill some time.  more »
  • If you are visiting Taupo don't miss doing the Huka Falls Tracks. you can access the tracks from different points and walk for as little or long as you wish the track is about 6kms all up. Few tracks ...  more »
  • If it fits in time or maybe even on the way, a short or possibly longer stop at the Huka Falls is worthwhile. You can take a short walk there, have a great view and the roaring water is always a special experience. And the best...... all free! Good parking and a small kiosk are also available on site.
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  • A perfect 2 hour trail for just about any fitness level. The trail can be accessed at the Spa Thermal Park in Taupo (where there are some great natural hot pools to soak in for free!) and the Huka Falls parking area. The walkway follows the river that feeds Huka Falls and offers some great views along the way. A little up and down, so be prepared to work a little. But the trail is wide, well graded, and offers plenty of shade.
  • Easy walkway with rolling hills from the warm pools to the falls. Nice to take a dip after the 3km each way hike. Changing area and toilets right next to the springs.
  • Easy walkway down to the river. The falls are easy to see. There are also people at the opposite site of the river. Don't know if their view is better.
  • Beautiful blue water. And if you walk to the hot pools it's pretty easy and really cool when you get there. Such a contrast in water temperature. You can drive to the pools but the walk up the river is nice (pools have free toilets btw)
  • Nice view to the huka falls and you should consider to start at the beginning and bring swim wear with you. There are some public thermal hot pools to enjoy good or even bad weather in at least 30 degree warm water. We spent at least two hours only in the hot pool before we started our hike to the huka falls.
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