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Huka Prawn Park
Huka Prawn Park

Huka Prawn Park

Karetoto Rd, Wairakei , North Islands

The Basics

Admission tickets to Huka Prawn Park include a free 25-minute tour of the prawn nursery and hatchery, and access to a boating lake, geothermal foot bath, playground, and adventure trails. Explore the water on a stand-up paddleboard, pedal boat, or water trike, or go fishing for prawns, keeping as many as you catch at no extra cost. Other park attractions include a native bush walk, a water compass, water weights, and a trout-feeding station.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • With such a large variety of fun activities, Huka Prawn Park is a great place for families to spend the day.

  • You can keep the prawns you catch on ice and bring them home, or cook and eat them in the park.

  • There’s a riverside restaurant serving both prawn and non-prawn dishes, though you’re also free to bring their own food and eat it at the park.

  • Bring a towel and a change of clothes as you may get wet.

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How to Get There

Huka Park is situated on the Waikato River, about a 10-minute drive north of Taupo. Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway north from Taupo and take the Karetoto Road turnoff; look out for the Prawn Park sign at the exit.

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When to Get There

The best time of year to visit Huka Prawn Park is summer, when the weather is conducive to outdoor fun. Come on a midweek morning to avoid the crowds.

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Huka Falls

Just a 5-minute drive from Huka Prawn Park is one of the region’s most dramatic natural wonders: Huka Falls. At this point in the Waikato River, the powerful flow of water is concentrated into a narrow canyon, where it plunges down a 36-foot (11-meter) drop and creates a frothy white cascade. The best views of the falls are from the nearby footbridge or during a jet boat ride on the river.

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