Lake Taupo and Huka Falls

I’m going back in time a little bit to finish off my New Zealand posts but this is the last one…

Our final week in New Zealand was spent completely in the North Island. After a few days around Auckland, Ross and I drove south to Taupo. Located in the centre of the North Island, Taupo is a beautiful town built on the shores of the most incredible lake named Lake Taupo funnily enough.

We got into Taupo quite late and headed straight to our campsite. After another cold night’s sleep we were up the next morning to visit Taupo’s most iconic landmark.

A little way north from the lake you’ll find Huka Falls, an 11 metre high waterfall. Fed by the Waikato River, the falls squeeze 220,000 litres of water through a 15 metre section of river bed creating the powerful current which gives the falls their ferocious nature.

Huka Falls, Taupo

If you can’t quite comprehend how much 220,000 litres of water is, just imagine being able to fill an olympic sized swimming pool in 11 seconds.

Unlike a lot of the natural attractions in New Zealand, you do not need to work too hard to see the falls. In fact all you need do is park your car and walk a few 100 metres to the bridge over the falls.

Stop and take a photo, but move on quickly a little way down the track to where you’ll get a better vantage point of the waterfall.

Huka Falls, New Zealand

Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand

Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand

It’s honestly amazing. You know the hypnotic nature fire has, when you can’t seem to stop looking at the flames? It’s the same with Huka Falls. We literally had to peel our eyes off them.

It wasn’t long though until the cold caught up with us and forced us to make an exit back to the camper to warm up.

Whilst you may not spend the longest amount of time at the falls, they are definitely worth a visit!



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