Taupo – Waterfalls North Island in the Central Region

Waterfalls around Lake Taupo

We take you to a visit of the most important waterfalls around the central region. Find out their rating, height and how to access…

Huka Falls

Huka Falls

Rating: *****
Height: 11 m
Access: 10min easy return walk along the fall from Huka Falls Road car park

A must see: where more than 220 000 litres of water per second funnel through a narrow gorge, a powerful experience!

Pools at Aratiatia Rapids

Aratiatia Rapids

Rating: ****
Height: 5m
Access: 20-30min easy return walk to viewpoints from Rapids Road car park at the dam

Special times when the floodgate opens: 10am, 12pm and 2pm, in summer additionally at 4pm. Lasts for about 15min, best to arrive 10min prior to get to the viewpoint in time! This was a movie location, where the Hobbits escaped with barrels down the river.

Waipunga Falls

Waipunga Falls

Rating: ****
Height: 40 m
Access: Viewing point from the car park at lookout on SH5

Stop at the towards the left pointing sign-posted lookout on the State Highway between Taupo and Napier to get to the falls

Otupoto Falls (Waihora) and Tieke Falls (Waihaha)

Experience an active adventure to remote waterfalls on Lake Taupo

Access: Organise transfer from Kinloch to SH32 turn off for a bike ride (grade 3) for up to 3,5 hours on Waihaha (13km) and Waihora (17km) tracks or walk in total 7,5 hours one way. About 7 km into the track, you will find the viewpoint for Tieke Falls (37m high). From the end of the track, you reached the Otupoto Waterfall, located at the lake shore. To get to Kinloch from here, pre-book a boat transfer.


Tieke Falls

Viewpoint about half way (around KM 7) on Waihaha track. Alternatively get to the beach next to the waterfall by jet-ski or helicopter.


Otupoto Falls

This waterfall is located at the end of the track right on the lake shore.

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