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Huka Falls River Cruise

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Address: Aratiatia Dam Carpark, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800 278 336
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Very affordable great value

Did this cruise in the offseason so it wasn't too busy. Skipper was super friendly. You also get an amazing veiw of the falls right up in the white water, very relaxing very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mark K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Did this cruise in the offseason so it wasn't too busy. Skipper was super friendly. You also get an amazing veiw of the falls right up in the white water, very relaxing very affordable. I would so this agaian

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour is for those who want to spend some time just relaxing on the water, no adrenaline rushes and that is just fine. You get to the falls (about a 45 minute ride) and will get up close for some fantastic photos. Then a nice leisurely ride back to the dock (about 30 minutes; going with the tide). For... More 

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Dave K, Owner at Huka Falls River Cruise, responded to this review

Thanks for the comment. The Dam openings are always good and movie scenes like the barrell scene from the Hobbit and rafting in Yogi Bear are great. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Taupo. Dave More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This really is a great way to experience the intense power of these renowned falls. The cruise is pleasant, with interesting guided information from the cruise operator, the cost is very reasonable and, guaranteed, you will never see anything quite like the power coming from this natural wonder. Perhaps avoid the free coffee though... It's pretty rough!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Relaxed cruise up the river, excellent view of the falls. Highly recommend, was a great experience get to see a lot more of the river than the jet boat ride. Skipper was excellent.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

300,000 cubic feet of water PER SECOND!! That is a huge amount of water roaring through a narrow confined space as the ONLY outlet of Lake Taupo that is the start of the Waikato River - the longest river in New Zealand. We had viewed Huka Falls many times from the free tourist lookouts above the falls but never up... More 

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Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend this cruise! Not only was it relaxing, Simon our skipper was very informative and funny. We were also able to get very close to the amazing Huka Falls (closer than what the jet boats do) & was also A LOT cheaper! The free tea & coffee was also a nice touch.

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Dave K, Owner at Huka Falls River Cruise, responded to this review

thanks for your great comments, our purpose built boat works well enabling us to get really close to the falls so you can get some great photos More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the river cruise to Huka Falls and found the whole trip relaxing and our skipper was informative and laid-back. It was very reasonably priced and took us closer to the falls than the $$$ flashy jet boats. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An enjoyable 90minutes tour of the river with very informative commentary from local experts David or Simon. The boat takes you right infront of Huka Falls and back enjoying the sights of wild life and the wild vegetation of trees and flowers. Costs $33pp. Free coffee/tea on board.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

We decided to take the cruise along the river to huka falls instead of the jet becuase we had two young kids, and we werent disappointed. Dave the guide, is knowledgable about the area and funny aswell :) He lets the kids drive the boat which was amazing and that experience for the kids alone, was worth every penny. Highly... More 

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Dave K, Owner at Huka Falls River Cruise, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback,we are glad your family enjoyed the cruise. Hopefully we will see you back at some stage. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

I would honestly pick this over any other activity in Taupo - especially if you have small kids. It is both relaxing and heart-pounding (especially if you get to the falls). The 1 hour and 20 minute cruise was a real treat for the kids. They learned a lot about the river and even got a chance to drive the... More 

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Dave K, Owner at Huka Falls River Cruise, responded to this review

Thanks for your great feed back, we are glad you enjoyed your boat cruise with us and got some great photos. Enjoy your travels, hope to see you back someday. More 

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