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Clearly signposted and with a car park and kiosk, these falls mark where NZ’s longest river, the Waikato, is slammed into a narrow chasm, making a dramatic 11m drop into a surging crystal-blue pool at 220,000 litres per second. From the footbridge you can see the full force of this torrent that the Māori called Hukanui (Great Body of Spray).
Take one of the short walks around the area, or walk the Huka Falls Walkway back to town or the Aratiatia Rapids Walking/Cycling Track to the rapids. On sunny days the water is crystal clear and you can take great photographs from the lookout on the other side of the footbridge.