Huka Falls River Cruise

Experience the best views of New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction, Huka Falls with Huka Falls River Cruise.

Why choose Huka Falls River Cruise?

Enjoy incredible views of this spectacular waterfall in comfort with Huka Falls River Cruise’s purpose-built river boat. Sit back and relax as we glide along the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, to Huka Falls. Experience the crystal clear water, birdlife, natural hot streams and the native tree-lined bush with our informative local guides. 

Enjoy the views and capture the best photos from our open-air large rear deck and front viewing platforms. We bring you so close to the falls that you can feel the spray on your face.

The river is always calm so we can operate our family friendly, 1 hour 20 minute cruise in all weather. Complimentary tea and coffee is available in the comfortable inside seating area. Watch the opening of the Aratiatia Dam to create spectacular rapids before or after your cruise.


Awesome Views

Get the best views of Huka Falls from our comfortable inside seating area, large rear deck and front viewing platform.

Real New Zealand Experience

Experience crystal clear water, birdlife, native bush lined riverbanks and natural hot streams.

Complimentary Drinks

Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while enjoying the commentary from our local guides.

Excellent Photo Opportunity

This is an excellent cruise for breath taking photography. The water is always calm so we can operate in all weathers.

Cruise options

Daily Cruise Times




4.30pm (Summer only)

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Best way to book

Freephone 0800 278 336

If you would like to make a booking for a cruise the best and easiest way is to call our freephone number.


Advanced Bookings


For advanced bookings, please fill in the form on our contact page. We will then contact you to confirm your booking.

About Us

Huka Falls River Cruise is a family run business established in 2001.

Owner operators Dave and Ange Kilmister have lived in Taupo since 1995. The couple met in London on their big overseas adventure. They returned to New Zealand and visit some famous sights. After visiting many regions they arrived in Taupo where their car promptly broke down. They have been in Taupo ever since!

With a passion for tourism and the natural environment, they jumped at the chance to buy Huka Falls River Cruise in 2001. The business has grown to include more great drivers and guides, but the backbone is still rooted in family, love of place and sustaining the beauty of the natural environment.


Really worth while

I’ve been wanting to do this cruise for awhile now so we decided to do it on our honeymoon recently. The cruise was really worth while the commentary was great, the guy running it was fantastic. The cruise is definitely value for money will definitely be back again in the near future.

Kimberley C

Great fun

We went on the huka falls river cruise yesterday and as the meeting point was in the ariatiara dam car park we were able to combine watching the Dan gates being opened before and after the cruise. Dave our host was great giving us a really interesting dialogue as we cruised to the falls , once at the falls which were spectacular he kept circling so we could all get our photos taken. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting the area as its well worth it.

Kenneth S

Amazing experience Huka Falls River Cruise dont miss it!

What a great experience to see the huka falls so close. The beautiful scenery of the Waikato river, lots of birds. Comfortable boat and all the information about the area that Dave our friendly guide provided us made our tour more interesting.

Jessica Falconi

The best and closest way to see the Huka Falls

ally enjoyed this river cruise and getting up so close to the Falls themselves. The driver provided an interesting commentary as we cruised up and down the river and we had several ‘runs’ up to the Falls so plenty of opportunity to take photos. There weren’t that many people on our cruise and hardly any made use of the platform at the front of the boat which didn’t make any sense to us as it was definitely the best place to view the Falls themselves. We also stayed out there for the whole trip back down the river (with the platform all to ourselves!) and we could still hear the commentary outside. Free tea & coffee were also provided on board. Very enjoyable 🙂

Heather JC68

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If your booking is for the next few days, call us on 0800 278 336 to ensure your spot!
For advanced booking, please complete the contact form below.