The magnificent Huka Falls

About the place:

Huka Falls is a magnificent 11-metre high waterfall formed when the Waikato river flows through a narrow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The name “Huka” means “foam” in Maori. We visited Huka falls on a clear sunny day, the weather was perfect and the falls looked amazing.  One of best place to view the falls is from the footbridge at the top of the falls, for posers like us there are a ton of photos opportunities. We just cannot get the color of water out of our heads, the falls and river take on a crystal clear glacier blue color which has an everlasting effect on visitors.

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Cool Facts:

  • One of the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand( That itself says a lot about the place).
  • The Waikato River, normally up to 100-metres wide, abruptly narrows to just 15 metres.
  • 220,000 liters of water blasts out from the ravine over Huka Falls.
  • Water flowing out of the falls is enough to fill one Olympic sized swimming pool in 11 seconds!(Wow!!!!!!)

How to get here?

  • Car – Huka Falls is just a five-minute drive (1.6 kilometres) north of Taupo, off SH1 on Huka Falls Road.
  • Bike – The best way to get here by bike is via the Huka trails. The Rotary Ride track begins at the end of Spa Road and takes around 2-3 hours and is around 5.5km long.
  • Walk – There is pleasant walking track which starts at Spa Park and winds its way along the banks of the Waikato River to the falls.
  • Bus – Buses run from Taupo i-site to Huka falls. Refer to Busit website for further info.
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View from the footbridge

What did we like about the place?

  • The amazing falls with its glacier blue color.
  • It has numerous lookout points providing ample photo opportunities.
  • Easy to get to and walk around.
  • Just the beauty and magnificence of the Waikato river.

For people planning to visit this place we would surely recommend you to do so, you won’t regret it.

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