The Huka Falls, just five minutes drive north of Taupo, is the most visited natural tourist attraction in New Zealand.
It’s mesmerising to watch the waters of the Waikato River, usually about 1oo metres wide, being compressed into a 20 metre wide gorge and fall over a 20 metre drop.
Within a short distance of the surging foam (the word “huka” is Maori for foam) the waters level off and become calm once more.
There is a viewing platform beside the road. Travel a little further and head down towards the large, free car park and you can walk across a bridge to get up close and personal with the waterfall.