If you feel more comfortable being higher up on the water – and want to take in the marvellous vantage point – then the Huka Falls River Cruise is a wonderful option for those who want to enjoy the power and scenery of the Huka Falls and Waikato River in a more comfortable, dry setting!

Taking a cruise allows you the freedom to look at and photgraph not only the falls, but the surrounding forest and wildlife as well.

A cruise is also a more attractive option for getting out on the water for families with young children, the elderly, or those who just want to be sheltered from the turbulence and weather that you experience in a rapids boat. We aren’t all adrenaline junkies, after all.

Photographers who want to be in a unique, uncluttered position for obtaining the best photos of the area will find that a cruise provides ample opportunity to capture angles and views of the river, falls, and surrounding bush that you won’t be able to access any other way.

Huka Falls River Cruise is the main operator running a cruise boat here, and they offer a 1hr 20min cruise on the Waikato River. You get superb views of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Rapids from the viewing deck, while you can also retreat inside to the sheltered and seated part of the boat whenever you choose.

The Huka Falls River Cruise departs 3-4 times daily from the Aratiatia Dam Carpark.

Lake Taupo Boat Cruises

If you’re wanting to head out on a cruise boat on Lake Taupo, there are plenty of options and you’ll certainly be able to find a cruise that fits both your wants and your budget.

There are Lake Taupo fishing charters as well as general sightseeing cruises.

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to picking a cruise operator to take you out on Lake Taupo. In fact, this is a really saturated market (little wonder, as it’s truly specatacular out there on the lake).

From large cruisers, to small personalised operations who are happy to tailor-make a trip out on the lake for you.

This is good news for travellers – with all the competition, there’s many different price points and even those on the lowest budget can find a cruise or boating option on Lake Taupo that’s affordable.