Looking for an activity that the whole family can participate in during this Waitangi Day holiday? Then look no further than our guided walks. In theory, a guided walk can sound boring, but we assure you that this tour is far from boring! 

The Spa Park to Huka Falls walking tour is an incredible trip that showcases Huka Falls, one of New Zealand’s most popular natural attractions. Along the way, your personal guide will point out the many wonderful attractions of the local area and provide the history and cultural values of the land. Plus, you’ll also get the opportunity to soak in a natural hot stream and witness the famous rapids featured in the film The Hobbit (should you continue your walk to Aratiatia Dam).

Continue reading to learn the three reasons why you should book a guided walking tour for your family. 

No planning is required!

One of the best parts of booking a walking tour is that there is little to no planning required! Apart from gathering a bag, a sun hat, sunblock, a drink bottle, and some walking shoes, you’re basically ready! All you have to do is show up at our Acacia Bay meeting point with a smile and some energy for the walk ahead. Our local guides will take care of the rest. The whole route is pre-planned and designed so you don’t miss out on any of the local attractions.

Fully immerse yourself

Exploring Taupo on your own is totally possible, and we’re sure you’ll see some pretty amazing things, but chances are that you’ll walk by many historical and cultural landmarks without realising their significance. Bring in a tour guide. Our tour guides know the area very well and are able to point out things that cannot be found on most websites. With a guide, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your time and have the most authentic experience possible.


The Spa Park to Huka Falls walk is a family favourite. This easy hour-and-a-half-long walk will take you on a well-defined track that winds along the riverbank, offering lovely views along the way. The walk will finish at the spectacular Huka Falls, where you’ll have the chance to snap a few photos and take in the beauty of the falls. Before arriving, you’ll actually hear the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge. This is a great walk for children and it’s also suitable for dogs.


Key info: 

Spa Park to Huka Falls

Grade: Easy

Tour Duration – Allow 4 hours for the return trip

Walking distance and time: 3km, 1 hour (one way), 6km, 2 hours (return trip)

Learn more about this walk or the other walking tours we offer here.