Huka Falls Walk from Taupo

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The Huka Falls Walk from Spa Thermal Park in Taupo is an easy 1 hr 30 min short one way walk. Fantastic views of the mighty Waikato River along the way. You’ll be amazed at how clear the water is in the river here, it’s just stunning. Take a dip in the hot thermal creek on your way to Huka Falls, it’s fantastic. Once you reach Huka Falls there are plenty of different viewing points to watch the water rush through the tight ravine of sheer rock cliffs, creating a canal of big churning rapids. If you can’t be bothered doing the walk and just want to see the Huka Falls really close up, then do the Huka Falls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo to the base of the Huka Falls.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Taupo, North Island (2km away from the Taupo city centre)
        • Distance: 5.50 kms
        • Time needed: 3 Hours
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 380m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Huka Falls is a great short walk. Fantastic views of the mighty Waikato River along the way. Take a dip in the thermal hot water creek. And the awesome Huka Falls themselves.

  • Track Quality

    Very Good walking track from Spa Park to Huka Falls

  • Hazards

    Falling in to the mighty Waikato river?

  • Transport

    You can arrange to be picked up by a shuttle bus at the Huka Falls if you don’t want to walk back.

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    The best way to find Country Ave is if you drive in to Taupo from the north, cross over the Waikato River bridge and up the hill to a roundabout, you would then turn to the right into Spa Rd and drive past Woolworth’s supermarket. (1.8k’s) further on, you turn to the left in to Country Ave. The Huka Falls walk starts on the left of the car park.

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  • Area & Track History

    New Zealand’s largest lake (619 square kilometres) more than 220,000 litres of water tumbles over the cliff face per second! The Huka falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand. A few hundred metres upstream from the Huka Falls, the Waikato River narrows from roughly 100m across into a hard rock silica canyon only 15m across. The volume of water flowing through often approaches 220,000 liters per second, supplying 90 MW to Aratiatia hydro electric power station. At the top of the falls is a set of small waterfalls dropping over about 8m. The most impressive, final stage of the falls is an 11m drop – commenly known as the Huka Falls.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Huka Falls Walk from Taupo

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Start of the Huka Falls walk at Spa Rd in Taupo

Turn left in to Country Ave. Drive or walk to the end of the road, the walking track is over to the left hand side of the car park. Follow the track for about 500m down a slight hill in Spa Thermal Park. Take the trail next to the sign for Huka Falls Walkway. The track will follow alongside the river to Huka Falls.

Point 2: Thermal hot water side stream

At the bridge, stop for a few minutes and give your feet a refreshing dip in the hot water thermal creek not far from Spa Park. Or take your swim gear and have a swim, you’ll find the water a really nice temperature. The temperature increases the higher up the creek you go. This is a great way to start your walk to Huka Falls. It can get a bit busy here as these natural hot springs are free and close to town. Be careful of swimming too far into the Waikato river as the water flows quite fast.

Point 3: Walk along the Waikato River to Huka Falls

You can see the track is in good condition. Its open, so you get plenty of sun and great views of the river. In some places you need to walk a few metres to get to the edge of the river. Be careful, in places the track can be very slippery if wet.

Point 4: Enjoy the views to Huka Falls

Walk up the (5m) track to the look out. Sit down and enjoy the view of the Waikato River.

Point 5: Huka Falls Lodge

You can catch a glimpse of the famous Huka Falls Lodge from the main track. For better views look for short tracks off to the left. Huka Lodge is pure luxury and beautiful.

Point 6: The world famous Huka Falls

Again look for tracks off to the left just before the Huka Falls, if you reach the bridge to the falls, walk back (25m) and to the right is a track, well worth the effort. For better views of the falls, head out of the car park, up to the road, turn to the right, walk (500m) then turn to the right and walk up to the look out (25m). Another way to see the Huka Falls is by Jet Boat.

You can walk from the Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam. We didn’t do this walk, however we have been to Aratiatia and done the Aratiatia Dam Walk.

Point 7: Walking tours and great activities in Taupo

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