The Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River, near Taupo on New Zealand's North Island.
It is the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand!
The Waikato river is one of New Zealand's longest rivers and it drains Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in all of Australasia.
At the Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 100m wide, is forced through a 20 metre wide gorge and over a dramatic 20m drop.
Every second up to 220,000 litres of water gushes through the gorge and shoots out over 8 metres beyond to create a beautful blue/green pool.
Mt Tauhara is 1,088 m above sea level; the mountain formed about 65,000 years ago.
Small museum with unique local history exhibits, art displays & a scenic garden with native flora.
Craters of the Moon
Craters of the Moon Thermal Area is a region with geothermal activity north of Taupo, New Zealand.
The Craters of the Moon (COM) geothermal walkway wanders through a weird, other-worldy, landscape featuring bubbling craters and steaming vents. This low-key geothermal attraction is run by a charitable trust. A small admissions fee is charged.
Open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) from 8.30am
Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu ensure the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered a world-renowned trek.
Tongariro National Park can be subject to unpredictable weather, and conditions can change quickly. It is important that all walkers carry the essentials for their journey across.
Food and plenty of fluid, especially in the summer months. If you are planning on completing any of the summit tracks, ensure you have additional water supplies.
Waterproof and wind-proof raincoat and trousers
Strong, sturdy boots (you will be trekking over uneven volcanic terrain)
Warm clothing layers:woollen or polypropylene thermals and fleece
Hat and gloves
Sunscreen and sunglasses
First Aid Kit
Due to the rugged and alpine environment, the weather in the car park at the beginning of the track can differ greatly from conditions 1000 metres higher further up the track.
Be prepared to change your plans and turn back especially when visibility is poor or strong winds prevail.