The Mighty Waikato River

At a recent visit to Taupo, we checked out where the lake empties into the Waikato River.

The launch is entering the river, past the kayaks.

The longest river in New Zealand,  the Waikato starts its journey to the sea from high in the central North Island volcanic zone, 2797 metres above sea level.

The river flows out of the lake through the marina.

From there it flows into Lake Taupo. Leaving the lake, the river cuts through the volcanic plateau flowing north, passing through eight hydro electric dams, and onto the lowlands from Cambridge to Mercer.

And heads northeast to the Huka Falls.

The river finally flows into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato after a journey of 425 km from Lake Taupo.

Boats parked at the marina.

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