Huka Falls are the largest falls can be found in Taupo on the North Island. Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running 425 kilometers. Every second up to 220,000 litres of water gushes through the gorge and shoots out over 8 meters beyond to create a beautiful blue/green pool.
Enjoy the walking tracks alongside the river and wander around the different viewing platforms, taking in the falls from all angles. Huka is the Maori word for ‘foam’ and on arriving you’ll immediately understand why. On a sunny day, the water is an amazing, crystal clear blue.
Walking to Huka Falls
How to get there
Huka Falls is located in Wairakei Park. This is only a short drive north of Taupo. Or you can choose the 1-hour riverside walk for amazing views of the area and access. A bus service also runs from Taupo to Huka Falls from Monday to Friday.
Highly recommended is the walk from the Spa Thermal Park, where you can take a soak in the steam pools before you start the walk to the Falls. Passing through forests, the track emerges again alongside the river and the roar of the falls grows louder at every turn.