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“Huka Falls up close!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Huka Falls River Cruise

Huka Falls River Cruise
Aratiatia Dam Carpark, Taupo, New Zealand
0800 278 336
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Ranked #12 of 57 Activities in Taupo
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Huka Falls up close!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We were looking for a tour and found them. It was a cold and rainy day, booked it and were the only people on the tour this day, others were a no show. So the captain Nigel took us out to preceded to tell us about the river, plants/trees and the buildings along the way. Shared information about the black swans, scared grounds. The best part was the waterfall. He not only told us about the power but took us close to the boiling line of the river. That was something to see/feel.

Visited September 2013
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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“"Ideal trip for families"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We had such an enjoyable time on the huka falls river cruise. My daughter was a bit reluctant on going on a fast boat so upon booking I asked if the cruise was suitable for children and Nigel (the skipper) assured me that the trip was very safe and was a slow boat cruise down the river, which it was. My husband, Son (12yrs), Daughter (6yrs) and I all found Nigel's commentary very interesting and informative, we all learnt something new. We took some great photos by the Huka Falls and along the river. This cruise was the highlight of our weekend stay in Taupo, it was also very reasonably priced - would definitely recommend, 15/10 :-) (And Nigel gave us some good advise about other great attractions and restaurants suitable for our family in Taupo too, thanks so much!)

Visited October 2013
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Taupo, New Zealand
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“Great way to see the river and the falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is the "slow boat" river and Huka falls cruise, as distinguished from the transport by jet boat. While it lacks some of the adrenaline of the jet boat rides, it offers a much better river and falls experience as the boat cruises sedately along the river. Niger was our skipper for the day, and he was an encyclopedia of information about the history, flora and fauna of the river. The best part of the "slow boat" is that it is propeller driven,which means it can snuggle right up under the falls for a very close and personal look, and great photo opportunities. (The jet boats, in contest, lose all jet power in the aerated foam near the falls, and can only dash in an float back out.... not bad, but not such a great chance for pictures!) The trip takes an hour and a half, and is highly recommended. (Oh,.. and free coffee and tea!)

Visited October 2013
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Hamilton
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“Awesome way to see Huka Falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We had an amazing leisurely cruise up the river. Nigel, our captain, who has a great sense of humour, is very clued up on the wildlife ,flora and fauna. Couldn't believe just how close we got to the bottom of the falls!! We just sat there for a good couple of minutes, giving us plenty of time for the most amazing photo's.
Not just a quick flick around and pause like in the jet boats. We would highly recommend this trip for families as it is excellent value for money. tea and coffee are free also.

Visited October 2013
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Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
“Perfect for Little Ones”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We recently chose to do this specific cruise during a recent trip to Taupo and I'm so glad we did. I found it to be a very safe/child friendly activity the whole family was able to enjoy including my 2.5 yr old. Dave's commentary was both informative & insightful. Loved how he is so in touch with the various species of wildlife on the river and we walked away that day as very happy customers with lots of awesome pics to prove it. Thank you so much :))

Visited October 2013
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