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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the rushing waters of Huka Falls. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

At Huka Falls, up to 220,000 litres of water rush through a narrow gorge on the Waikato River each second. Just a handful of thrill-seeking kayakers have navigated the foaming turquoise waters of the falls, which were also the site of a 1989 murder investigation.

Huka Falls,

Kayaking the Huka Falls,


Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number C89020-7D).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Huka Falls - Roadside Stories