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Huka Falls River Cruise

Address: Aratiatia Dam Carpark, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800 278 336
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This trip was fantastic. The skipper on the boat was so knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and the whole area. The boat goes right up under the falls, nothing else would get you this close, the whole trip was amazing. Free tea and coffee on board too if you feel like one. Great viewing platforms both at the front... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My friend and I by a fluke saw the River boat from a viewing platform and both thought "Ooh we wanna do that" so off we went and sorted out where we had to go and gave Dave a call ( the river boat owner/driver) and we were set. We were greeted by Dave and welcomed aboard along with 10... More 

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Did this trip with friends and it was really nice . Tea and coffee on the boat . Interesting facts along route to Huka falls . Plenty of photo opportunities at the falls . On the way back we stopped in a small bay for a swim . Just beautiful . Recommend this to see the falls .

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We did the Rapids first then the River Cruise which is timed perfectly to leave after the Rapids have finished. Simon was very informative which made the cruise more interesting. The best part was numerous attempts to take the boat closer to the falls.

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Waterford, Ireland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We started the day by going to the Aratiatia dam to watch the gates lift to flood the gorge. The first lift of the day is at ten o'clock and there is another one at 12 midday. After this very impressive sight we walked back to the car park and booked our cruise to the falls, departing at 10.30 a.m.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Booking was easy and the girl even rang us back to say bring your togs. The boat driver, Dave was really helpful and informative. Talked about all the interesting things along the river and made the trip even worth worthwhile. We preferred the cruise over the jet boat as had done this in Queenstown and going fast in a gorge... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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822 reviews 822 reviews
411 attraction reviews
342 helpful votes 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I'll take this cruise over a jetboat, much more sedate and comfortable. It's a trick to find - it wasn't on my GPS - but once you do, you are in good hands. The cruise up to Huka Falls affords some nice photo opportunities, a chance to see some native wildlife and then you are at the base of the... More 

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Aldavilla, New South Wales, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

From the moment we stepped aboard we knew we were onto a great thing. Simon was a delightful Captain and very informative. The cruise was sublime and comfortable with falls being an amazing feature. Highly recommended

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Taupo, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a wonderful leisurely trip if you do not want the speed, adrenalin and soaking with the Huka Jet. Skipper Dave is so knowledgeable about the area, he pointed out flora and fauna, he knows where the trout are hiding and I am sure could answer any question you care to ask. The boat is big and comfortable with... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We decided to do this river cruise and we weren't disappointed. Our Captain Dave was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and we enjoyed his commentary. You are taken right up close to the Huka Falls so get some great pics. Definitely a must do activity.

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