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Waikato Riverlink

Karen Rainbow
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Born on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, the longest river in New Zealand drains Lake Taupō through Taupō town, blasts through a narrow rock chasm to create the Huka Falls, then winds more peacefully northwards towards Port Waikato, south of Auckland. Travelling the Waikato (meaning ‘flowing water’) by river float, scenic boat cruise or jet boat is one of the best ways to experience its power and beauty. Most sections are calm and scenic, while other sections like Huka Falls are turbulent and impassable.