Huka Falls Lookout Walk

Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or simply explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand - these short, easy walks are great for kids.

From the Huka Falls carpark, cross the bridge over the falls and turn left. There are several lookout points on this easy access walk to take advantage of the views of the spectacular Huka Falls.

The incredible volume of water tumbling over the falls is due to the Waikato River being forced through a channel of hard rock only 15 m wide and 10 m deep. The river emerges with a rush at the northern end to form the falls.

The level of the river above the falls is controlled by the Control Gates Bridge. Installed in 1941, the gates allow water stored in Lake Taupo to be used for generating power through the Waikato River's nine hydro-electric powerstations.

Flow rates increase depending on power demands, which in turn can alter the height of the Huka Falls from 7 to 9.5 m.

Getting there: Huka Falls is just a five minute drive north of Taupo town, off SH1 on Huka Falls Road. 

Distance 167m
Time 10 minutes
Physical rating Easy
Direction Return via same track 
Transport & guides No
Dog access Yes
Physical address:
Huka Falls Road
New Zealand
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