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Huka Falls Tours

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Huka Falls
Just outside of Taupo, Huka Falls is one of the most visited natural attractions on New Zealand’s North Island. Waikato River’s largest falls are fed by Australasia’s biggest freshwater lake, Lake Taupo. Explore the footbridge for a bird’s-eye view of the falls or walk along the Huka Falls Trail, which follows the river.

The Basics
About 66,000 gallons (250,000 liters) of water per second flow over Huka Falls as the Waikato River dramatically narrows from nearly 328 feet (100 meters) to just 29 feet (15 meters). You can walk or mountain bike along the river and watch the churning water from various viewing platforms. Adventure lovers can flight-see in a helicopter or ride a jet boat up the river, right to where the water cascades over the edge of the falls.

Private and group tours visit Huka Falls, departing from both Taupo and Auckland. Day trips and multi-day excursions may also visit Waitomo Caves, Pohutu Geyser, and Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Huka Falls are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and photographers.
  • Wear comfy, rugged footwear and tote a camera to capture images of the scenic falls.
  • Wear sunblock in the summer and warm clothes in the winter.
  • If you take the jet boat, book in advance and bring a change of clothes—just in case.

How to Get There
The falls are in the Wairakei Tourist Park, a 5-minute drive north of central Taupo. You can also walk or bike there from Spa Thermal Park, which takes about 45 minutes.

When to Get There
Huka Falls are most spectacular after heavy rainfall or when the Waikato River is flooding. While suitable for all seasons, spring or summer usually make for better outdoor conditions.

Hukafalls Jet Boating

If you’re a thrill seeker, a Hukafalls jet boat ride offers a unique Waikato River experience. Several operators offer whitewater guided jet boat tours, usually involving a ride right up to the base of the falls. Often custom made and built in New Zealand, the jet boats are highly maneuverable, reliable, and safe. Lifejackets are always provided.
Address: Taupo 3377, New Zealand
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Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from TaupoJet Boating

Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

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Spin and speed your way to Huka Falls during a thrilling jetboat ride on the Waikato River. Hold on tight as you zip over the crystal-clear waters past rugged cliffs and native bush on New Zealand's longest river. Feel the power of the thundering waterfall up close as it blasts into the turbulent pool. Round-trip transport is included from hotels in Taupo.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater RaftingDay Trips

Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting

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Enjoy a thrilling combo of 2 of Taupo's best water activities. You’ll have the time of your life with each adrenaline-charged experience: Spin out to Huka Falls on a Waikato River jet-boat ride and go whitewater rafting on the Tongariro River. With professional guides and all equipment provided, you’ll see all angles of Taupo’s great outdoors.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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