Huka Falls Walkway, Taupo

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Hike or bike the trails around Huka Falls Walkway, draining the country's largest lake by surface area and appealing to both amateur photographers and adventure seekers. Just upstream from the mighty falls, the Waikato River enters a rugged canyon and narrows abruptly from 100 m (328 ft) down to just 15 m (49 ft) across. The sudden constriction of the river's flow creates massive pressure that helps make Waikato's dramatic 10 m (33 ft) splash into a freshwater pool all the more spectacular. Walk a footbridge to admire the force of the falls, which the native tribes called "Hukanui," the Great Body of Spray. To get even closer to the roaring waters, try jet boating on the river. Plan to visit Huka Falls Walkway during your Taupo vacation using our convenient Taupo road trip planning site .
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  • What a view! I suggest going earlier in the morning as it can get quite busy. Loved reading the history and facts about the area.  more »
  • One experience everyone, young & old, must sample! There's so much positive energy in the roaring water as it cascades over the rocks. And the 45-minute trek we took from the falls to Taupo, passing b...  more »
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  • A perfect 2 hour trail for just about any fitness level. The trail can be accessed at the Spa Thermal Park in Taupo (where there are some great natural hot pools to soak in for free!) and the Huka Falls parking area. The walkway follows the river that feeds Huka Falls and offers some great views along the way. A little up and down, so be prepared to work a little. But the trail is wide, well graded, and offers plenty of shade.
  • Easy walkway with rolling hills from the warm pools to the falls. Nice to take a dip after the 3km each way hike. Changing area and toilets right next to the springs.
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