Huka Falls is New Zealand's most visited natural attraction.
Located just a few minutes drive north Taupo, this thundering 11-metre high waterfall is the most visited and photographed natural attraction in New Zealand.
The sheer volume of water flowing over the falls amounts to 220,000 litres per second - enough to fill one Olympic sized swimming pool in 11 seconds!
Enjoy the walking tracks alongside the river and wander around the different viewing platforms, taking in the falls from all angles. You can bring a picnic and spend the day here.
On a sunny day, the water is an amazing, crystal clear blue. If you want a different perspective and a taste of Taupo adventure take a boat to the base of the falls and get close enough to taste the spray!
Must do's around Huka Falls
- Explore walking tracks from five minutes to two hours in length
- Mountain biking trails for all levels
- Get up close and personal on a boat trip
- Take a selfie from one of the spectacular viewing platforms
What causes Huka Falls?
The Waikato River, normally up to 100-metres wide, abruptly narrows to just 15 metres as it crosses a hard volcanic ledge north of Lake Taupo. This causes a huge volume of water to collide and funnel through the rocky gorge, forming the spectacularly powerful falls and rapids.
Activities around Huka Falls
You can stroll from Spa Park in Taupo along on an easy walking track to Huka Falls in around an hour. The track will take you past a natural hot spring, Otumuheke Stream, and meanders through gullies, forest and open farmland. It offers great views of the Waikato River and open valleys along the way. Find out about other walking tracks in Taupo here.
Mountain biking tracks
The Rotary Ride starts at Spa Thermal Park and heads north on an easy single track for 4kms to Huka Falls. Turn back after the falls or continue your ride all the way to Aratiatia Rapids some 7kms away. Find out about the other biking tracks in Taupo here.
Boat trips to Huka Falls
Experience Huka Falls up close and personal on a boat. You can take a thrilling jet boat ride with Hukafalls Jet or a leisurely cruise on board Huka Falls River Cruise. You’ll be surprised at how close the boats can get to Huka Falls!
Accommodation near Huka Falls
Huka Lodge is a world-class luxury lodge located on the banks of the Waikato River upstream from Huka Falls. Founded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is an iconic New Zealand retreat.
Huka Falls Resort offers a peaceful and relaxed environment just a few minutes from Taupo town centre and Huka Falls. The resort is nestled amongst seven hectares of landscaped gardens, a vineyard and the picturesque Fletchers Church.
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