Huka Falls


Huka Falls

11m high, extremely powerful, turquoise-colour, Huka Falls is located on the Waikato River, just in 10 minutes’ drive from Taupo. The waterfall is one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand, probably due to the water flow of 300 000 liters per second, or because of the others attractions like Huka JetBoat, Prawns Farm, etc.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 38' 55.1754" E 176° 5' 24.5358"
Parking: Huka Falls Road, Taupo, Waikato
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 11m Type of the waterfall: Cataract

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 38° 38' 55.1754" E 176° 5' 24.5358"
Parking:     Huka Falls Road, Taupo, Waikato
Access:     10min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Huka Falls is roughly a 10-minutes’ drive away from Taupo. The road surface is always sealed.

From Taupo follow Thermal Explorer Highway, then turn right into Huka Falls Rd. There is a huge carpark on Huka Falls Rd with toilets and quite a big picnic area. Carpark hours: Winter - 8am to 5.30pm; Summer - 8am to 6pm.

An easy 10 minutes return Huka Falls Walk leads to the waterfall’s lookouts. The track is suitable for people of all abilities.

There is one more waterfall's viewing platform on the river. Go back to your car and follow Loop Rd until you reach the lookout.

Mountain biking option: The Rotary Ride (Grade 2; 2-3 hrs return) 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 (2 hrs) some 7kms away.

Waterfalls nearby

Aratiatia Rapids

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Access:     20min return walk
Driving:   8.3 km (9 mins)

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