The Waikato River is one of New Zealand’s longest rivers. The Waikato River is normally around 100m wide but at the Huka Falls the river squeezes down to 20m wide and drops around 20m too. Huka Falls has 220,000 litres of water pass through every second. This rush of water creates an amazing spectacle of water and foam (Huka means Foam in Maori) that never ceases to enthral visitors to Lake Taupo. Visit the Huka Falls whenever you come to Taupo and you will see where Huka Falls gets its name from and why it’s New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.
There is a viewing bridge directly above the Huka Falls providing the perfect vantage point to experience Huka Falls and get plenty of pictures or video. Huka falls is a short drive from central Lake Taupo with plenty of parking provided. There is also a nice scenic walk along the banks of the river to Spa park and an additional attraction, the Spa Park Hot Spring. This is another free natural wonder for Taupo which is now mentioned in the Lonely Planet Guide. Lake Taupo is lucky to have New Zealand’s favourite water fall within a short drive from the centre of Taupo and also Rapids Jet base!
Huka Falls Walk
A must do is the walk from Spa Park to Huka falls. Take in the great scenery whilst following the path of the Waikato river in it’s journey to the magic Huka Falls.
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