Huka Falls and Lake Taupo

The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupo in New Zealand.

If you’re planning to visit Lake Taupo, do make a side trip to Huka Falls.

According to Wikipedia, the volume of water flowing through often approaches 220,000 litres per second.


Did I enjoy making the detour. Certainly. Holidays are never the same for me. There are people who love shopping- I’m one of those. Visiting museums and eating in fabulous restaurants. I’m again one of those.

But there’s something to be said of outdoor hiking adventures. I’m steering clear of camping in the great outdoors or roughing it out. Still not there yet. Need my proper toilets and bed. But a bit of endorphin and dopamine high. Why not.


Beautiful jade like river.

See the tiny raft, that’s how majestic and magnificent the Waikato river is.


This photo of Huka Falls was taken between Napier and Taupo.

Day 9-11 Lake Taupo and Huka Falls

At Taupo we were in the great outdoors revolving around the lake: walks, cycling and trying our hand fishing for trout.

Rainbow Trout is not native to New Zealand. It was introduced from the Americas in the 1880s. I’m looking for steamed salmon, Chinese style. Something I missed when I was last in New Zealand in 1999.

“Rainbow trout is not native to NZ but part of an acclimatisation programme introduced in 1887 of brown trout from England and 1898 of rainbow trout from California.

Trout is spawned in the Trout Centre and released into the wild 12-18 months after hatching as fingerings. Taupo Fishery has been wild and self sustaining since 1905.” Not to be mistaken for wild since beginning of time.

On a wet afternoon, we rented a boat and went trout fishing. You need a Trout license but no worries, the shop will get everything for you. We’re quite pleased with the service here.

Our boat

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