You will hear the power of the Huka Falls before you see them.
Huka Falls, Taupo – is an impressive waterfall located in Taupo, South Waikato, in the central North Island of New Zealand.
Even better it’s free to visit the falls, with a simple drive of approx 10 minutes north of Taupo. You will hear the falls well before you get to them – the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and flowing 11m into the Waikato River below.
The Huka Falls flows fast! it would fill an Olympic swimming pool in just 11 seconds – that’s a lot of water.
When you are travelling around the North Island make sure you visit Huka Falls as it is an easy 10-minute walk from the car park, approx 167 metres. You will be able to view the stunning falls from various lookout points to get that perfect picture.
- Huka Falls is five minutes north on State Highway 1 from Taupo town centre by car or bus
- The Huka Falls lookout walk is approx 10 minutes, 167 metres
- Huka means “foam” in the Maori language
- The stunning turquoise blue colour of the water is from the clear water and the intensity of the air bubbles
- The Huka Falls is one of the most-visited natural attractions in New Zealand
- Book a jet boat trip or river cruise up to the pool at the base of the falls and feel the spray on your face
- The world-famous luxury resort, Huka Lodge sits nearby along the banks of the Waikato River
- The river level above the falls has been controlled by the Control Gates Bridge since 1941, so that it can be used for generating power through the Waikato River’s nine hydroelectric power stations.
- Depending on the demand for power, this can alter the height of the Huka Falls from 7 to 9.5 m.
- The amazing volume of water is due to the Waikato River being forced through a channel of hard rock only 15 m wide and 10 m deep.
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