Huka Falls River Cruise | Taupo | New Zealand
Huka Falls Cruise Information

Huka Falls River Cruise

Cruise to New Zealand's most visited natural attraction

Cruise for 1 hour and 20 minutes to Huka Falls

Experience awesome views of Huka Falls (New Zealand's highest volume waterfall) from our purpose built riverboat. Comfortable inside seating, large rear deck and front viewing platform. This is an excellent cruise for photography lovers!

A real New Zealand experience with crystal clear water, birdlife and native bush lined riverbanks. See natural hot streams and the earth's energy that drives Wairakei Geothermal Power Station.

Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while cruising on water that is always calm. We operate in all weather on this beautiful stretch of the Waikato River.

Watch New Zealand's largest rapids (Aratiatia Rapids) recreated before our cruise.

Cruise Prices

November Midweek Special
Midweek 12.30pm cruise just $75 for two adults - a saving of $9! T&Cs apply.



5 - 15 years

Under 5's

Under 5 years, One per adult

Family Package

2 adults + 2 children. 
(1 child goes free)

Daily Cruise Times


All Year


All Year


All Year


Summer Only


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

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

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

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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Directions to the Huka Falls River Cruise

  1.  Head north from Taupo towards Rotorua on State Highway 5
  2.  At the State Highway 1 roundabout continue towards Rotorua approximately 2km
  3.  Turn right at the Aratiatia Road (sign posted Aratiatia Rapids & River Cruise)
  4.  Continue to Aratiatia Dam (approximately 2km) and the carpark is immediately after the bridge on the right hand side
  5.  GPS 630 Aratiatia Road

Cruise departs from Aratiatia Rapids Carpark, 12 mins north of Taupo off SH5