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Huka Falls

Whether viewing from a boat, bridge or the riverbank, this set of waterfalls is a spectacular sight as a huge body of water surges forward and downward.

Stand close to the Huka Falls and watch as powerful cascades of fast flowing water come crashing down from a height of 36 feet (11 meters) into a pool.

Huka is a set of waterfalls that is formed when the wide Waikato River is forced through a shallow ravine. As it happens, a colossal amount of water rushes over the rocks, up to 58,118 gallons (220, 000 liters) per second. This equals one Olympic-size swimming pool every 11 seconds.

View the spectacular natural attraction from tracks that run alongside the river. There are also several viewing platforms. One of the best views of the falls can be enjoyed from the swing bridge across the river, built during the Maori Wars. Consider seeing the falls from the water. Get close to the spray on a thrilling jet boat ride, ferry cruise or on a whitewater rafting expedition.

The falls are situated in Wairakei Tourist Park which offers plenty of other thrilling adventures and natural attractions. After you have marvelled at the sight of thundering water, go hiking or cycling along walking trails and mountain bike tracks that skirt the Waikato River.

Check out Craters of the Moon, which is also in the park. This is a geothermal area of craters and sulphuric steam clouds. Afterwards, get your heart pumping on a skydiving trip or by Bungee jumping. Those with a head for heights might also enjoy the elevated rope course. The winter months bring a blanket of snow and the park’s snowfields open.

Huka Falls are approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Taupo. Intercity buses stop here and there is also an on-site car park. Alternatively, if you want to stretch your legs, hike from Taupo to Huka Falls. The 2-hour return trail begins at Spa Park and passes through native forests and by the powerful Aratiatia Rapids.


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Huka Lodge NZ$2,047
Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

271 Huka Falls Road, Taupo
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverfront, this luxury lodge is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wairakei International Golf Course and Huka Falls. Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley and Spa Thermal Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort NZ$84
    Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort

    Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Taupo, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Spa Thermal Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. Taupo Hot Springs is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

      Wairakei Resort Taupo NZ$100
      Wairakei Resort Taupo

      Wairakei Resort Taupo

      640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Wairakei hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Wairakei International Golf Course and Prawn Farm. Huka Falls is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away.

        Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn NZ$126
        Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn

        Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn

        76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a lake, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          A Luxurious 2 bed 2 Bathroom Studio With Dining/living/ Kitchen and River Views
          A Luxurious 2 bed 2 Bathroom Studio With Dining/living/ Kitchen and River Views

          A Luxurious 2 bed 2 Bathroom Studio With Dining/living/ Kitchen and River Views

             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the riverfront, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. Taupo Museum and Art Gallery and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Silver Fern Lodge NZ$103
            Silver Fern Lodge

            Silver Fern Lodge

            118 Tamamutu Street, Taupo
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp and Taupo Bungy. Taupo Hot Springs and Huka Falls are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Hilton Lake Taupo NZ$210
              Hilton Lake Taupo

              Hilton Lake Taupo

              80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taupo Hot Springs and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. Taupo Bungy and Golf Club Taupo are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Quality Suites Huka Falls NZ$107
                Quality Suites Huka Falls

                Quality Suites Huka Falls

                56 Huka Falls Road, Taupo
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Taupo, Huka Falls and Taupo Bungy. Craters of the Moon and Wairakei International Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).