I have just visited the Huka falls for the 100th + time. It was a beautiful mid Autumn / Fall morning. The air was crisp and crystal clear. I would expect nothing less at the Huka Falls New Zealand
Visit Huka Falls New Zealand
As a tour coach driver, I visit the Huka Falls on a very regular basis. However, today was just special. It has been a while since I have visited so early in the morning and at this time of year. As you can see from the photograph above, there was an excellent flow of water through the very narrow ravine and out over the falls. Even at this time of the day the car park and walkways were quite busy with travellers of all nationalities.
I have to admit that there is always something special about this place, the clarity and blueness of the water, the surrounding native bush or forest and I guess above all the smell of the crisp, clean New Zealand air.
The Huka Falls New Zealand are the gateway to the mighty Waikato River. The longest river in New Zealand at 425 km's. It feeds eight hydroelectric power stations and one thermal power plant along it’s course to the west coast.The outlet to the Waikato river is the Waikato Heads, situated south of Auckland City.
The most spectacular part of the Huka Falls is not the mere 11 metre drop but the volume of water that passes through a very narrow gorge or ravine, only 15 metre’s across. At times the volume of water can be up to 270 cubic metre’s per second dependent on the demand from the hydroelectric power stations.
Kayaking over the Huka Falls
It is not a practice that the Taupo harbour master is overly thrilled about, but it is legal.Here is a YouTube video of a kayaker (not Carl) going over the falls.
Lake Taupo, which I will tell you about in a later post, feeds the falls which I will tell you about in a later post. Some years ago I met a great young man, Carl Reece, who is a leader in his field of kayaking. He has kayaked three times over the Huka Falls, and not gotten his hair wet once.
One Christmas day I witnessed a young man kayak over the falls safe and sound.
The Huka Falls Jet Boat also operates in the area and taking a ride on that gives you another perspective of the falls.
Huka Falls, North Island, New Zealand
How to get to Huka Falls New Zealand: -
Travelling from Auckland or Rotorua DO NOT take the Taupo bypass at the large roundabout, but instead head towards Wairakei geothermal area and the BP service station. Continue on this road for approx three kms and take the left-hand turn followed by a right at the tee in front of the large disused helicopter. Continue for a further 1 km and turn left into the car park.
If travelling from the south, continue through Taupo and turn right at the top of the hill as you leave the town centre.
Follow this road for 3.3 kms and turn right into the car park.
GPS Co-Ordinates:- -38.6493214,176.0874745
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