The Mighty Huka Falls
The 1st Wonder of Taupo
This thundering waterfall is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in New Zealand, and for good reason. The volume of pure water flowing through the rock face of the mighty Waikato River often approaches 220,000 litres per second; this is enough water to fill two Olympic sized swimming pools, per second!
The impressive final stage of the falls is an 11 metre drop. From the viewing platforms you can see many angles of the falls and even a jet boat taking tourists within a few metres of the bottom.
The name Huka is the Maori word for 'foam', which is appropriate as the falling water and rapids resembles foam. On a sunny day, the water is an amazing blue and is crystal clear.
What causes the Huka Falls?
The Waikato River, normally up to 100 metres wide, abruptly narrows to just 15 metres as it crosses a hard volcanic ledge. This, of course, causes a huge volume of water to collide, forming a spectacular visual feast of powerful falls and rapids. There are many fabulous walks and mountain bike trails just steps from the falls and alongside the Waikato River. Bring a picnic and spend the day.
Interesting facts of the Huka Falls by The Ministry for Culture & Heritage