Wow, how do you do justice to the sound, volume and force of the water that’s rushing along and over the Huka Falls ? This is the second time we have been here but it is still amazing to see and mesmerizing to watch. Having driven up from the south this morning past Lake Taupo, you realise just how vast Lake Taupo is, the Falls are the northern outlet for the lake into the Waikato River.
Lets get something straight from the beginning, Huka Falls is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations so there are a lot of visitors whenever you decide to go, obviously they are not shown in the photography but believe me they are in the background, or more to the point next to you as you push through the crowds. This is a fantastic place to be and a worthwhile experience, just giving you a heads up here you need to have patience parking up and getting you camera angle.
We started the day back in wet and cold Whakapapa village at the base of Mount Ruapehu, somewhat dejected we didn’t manage the Tongariro Crossing this time around so decision time, it’s too cold and wet lets head down to Lake Taupo for some warm weather, on the way we stopped on the north side of Mount Tongariro off Highway 46 and looked back at the desending track for the last part of the crossing and wondered what might have been.
Check out the 100 % Pure New Zealand website : Huka Falls
Where : Huka Falls / Lake Taupo North Island, New Zealand
Travelling : Highway 1 follows the curve of the eastern side of Lake Taupo, leads straight into Taupo with some interesting places to stop for a break on the waterfront.
Camping : Five Mile Bay, on the southern outskirts of Taupo, a busy freedom camping ground with fantastic views and access to the lake for a cold swim.
Next Up : Boiling Over / Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area