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Huka Falls River Cruise

Aratiatia Dam Carpark, Taupo, New Zealand
0800 278 336
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Ranked #11 of 43 Activities in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We have had the jet boat experience and wanted a more leisurely experience. This cruise was exactly what we wanted. Dave (our skipper) was very informative about the flora, fauna and history of the area. The scenery was beautiful with an abundance of birds to be photographed. We saw a duck with 13 chicks swimming in single file behind her.... More

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Wels, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

To be honest we didn´t plan on doing the river cruise because it sounded like something a familiy with small children or old couples would do (we´re both 22) and we had already seen Huka Falls by foot. Yet we ended up doing it. We were really surprised how great that trip was and more than glad we did it!... More

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

A great trip, with a good skipper, Dave really knows that river and about the natural area. The cruise was much nicer, and got me closer than the Huka jet. This said it depends on what type of experience you want.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

While the Jet boat may be more hair raising, this River Cruise was much more suited to our collective family trip. We arrived early so we could watch the Aratiatia Rapids opening in advance of the cruise, the cruise is specifically timed so that you can see the Rapids open first before boarding the cruise boat. What follows is a... More

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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This boat trip was relaxing and enjoyable and a great way to view the river in comfort on a very cold showery day. You could photograph all along from under the rain dodger as well as from other vantage points when the rain stopped. We had plenty of time on the water and a better view than you can get... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Went with family from 5 to 75 three generations. Relaxed and friendly tour. Kids got to steer, parents and grand parents got to soak up the scenery. The colours of the water over the falls never ceases to amaze - nature at its best. Tour man knew his history and the interesting parts of the river. Great value for all... More

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Canberra, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Went on a rainy morning and I must say I am surprised that it didn't dampen the trip one bit! The captain was very knowledgeable and super friendly as we found we were not bored for a single moment. This is by far the best way to view not only the river but also the falls with the cruise boat... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This cruise was an alternative option to the Huka Jet Boat for people who rather enjoy a nice, slow and relaxed cruise down the river to see the Huka Falls. The captain, Nigel, was really engaging and interesting during the whole duration, enabling us to enjoy the cruise thoroughly. The scenery of Huka Falls and during the journey is really... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I booked this cruise during a winter short break. My expectations were fairly low, but the price was very good compared to the 30 minute Jet Boat experience ($80 vs $300+ for one adult and three children). We thoroughly enjoyed our two hours. A gorgeous day, with a knowledgeable and personable boat captain, we cruised up to the falls, then... More

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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Had a fantastic trip with Capt'n Nigel and Dave, cruising up the Waikato River. Nigel pointed out interesting things on the way up which kept the kids amused. They even got to have a wee drive which made their day. Great to see the Falls from a different angle.

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