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Huka Falls River Cruise

Aratiatia Dam Carpark, Taupo, New Zealand
0800 278 336
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Ranked #11 of 42 activities in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Boat Tours
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Wellington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This exceeded all my expectations! A lovely way to experience the peacefulness of the river - and then contrasted with the spectacular excitement at the falls! The boat meanders its way up the river, really great commentary on the way from the lovely Nigel, informative and entertaining but not too much. A gentle peaceful cruise. But at the Huka Falls... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Wonderful scenery, a very comfortable boat and with a very informative commentary. Our skipper went out of his way to make us welcome and made this a very memorable cruise for all of us. You couldn't get closer to the Huka Falls, it was awesome. If you are in Taupo this is a must do activity

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Wellington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A slow and relaxing meander from the Aratiatia Rapids dock to the foamy exit of the mighty Huka Falls. Hosted by the charming and witty Nigel - this trip we stumbled upon when we parked at the Aratiatia Rapids gates and it was a highlight of our weekend. Nigel points out riverside sights / native birds and talks though the... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed this. Very informative skipper. Beautiful scenery. Spectacular falls. A must if you are visiting Taupo.

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France
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38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Gentle cruise from the dam to the falls in mini "Maid of the Mist" style. Takes about 40 mins each way and although there's really not much else to see on the way up, the commentary is pretty good and there are plenty of birds and the occasional jetboat to see. Quite good when you up at the falls being... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Really enjoyed this and suitable for all ages. Our guide Nigel was so entertaining and full of information. Would highly recommend this trip - worth every penny!

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is a pleasant river ride, and the falls are indeed spectacular. If you go, arrive half an hour early and watch the floodgates at the dam open. I wouldn't go again though, for these reasons: 1. I've seen the falls from above several times and enjoyed that just as much. Also the day before we had gone on a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

My wife and I went to NZ for our honeymoon and we went on the river cruise, i am telling you all now to call 0800278336 and book your curise. The boat goes right up to the falls, like im talking about RIGHT UP TO IT. It is a once in a lifetime thing so you gotta do it. When... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

A great way to view the falls and see the beautiful river. We drove up at about 1:00pm, booked for the 2:30pm cruise and walked to the upper look-out to watch the sluice gates opening on the dam. That is itself a great spectacle. The cruise is a gentle ride with commentary that is both informative and enlightening to the... More

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Katikati, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

Lovely ride up the river with a lot of information about the birds and vegetation seen along the way. When we got to the Huka Falls we got pretty close and were in among the beautiful and turbulent white and blue water for quite a while.

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