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A popular tourist attraction near Taupo, New Zealand, The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains from Lake Taupo.
A few hundred metres upstream from the Huka Falls, the Waikato River narrows from roughly 100 metres across into a narrow canyon only 15 metres across. The volume of water flowing through often approaches 220,000 litres per second.
At the top of the falls is a set of small waterfalls dropping over about 8 metres. The most impressive, final stage of the falls is an 11 metre drop. The drop is technically six metres (cliff beneath the water) but the water flow raises the level to 11m. Hukafalls Jet takes tourists within a few meters of the bottom of the final stage.
The narrow canyon, with the tourist bridge visible at the top left.The falls were brought to national attention in February 1989 when the body of cricket umpire, Peter Plumley-Walker was found immediately downsteam, with wrists and ankles bound. The resulting investigation lifted the lid on the Auckland bondage scene and the prurient news media had a field day.
The falls are a popular tourist attraction, being close to Taupo and readily accessible from State Highway One.
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