Huka Falls

Huka Falls

Huka Falls is one of the must see tourist attractions on the road between Rotorua and Taupo, just off the Thermal Explorer Highway. The water in fact drains from the Waikato River into Lake Taupo. It is actually a set of waterfalls that run down a narrow canyon of only about 15 metres across. This makes it tricky to photograph. The above photo was taken from a footbridge over the falls. Amazingly, the flow of water through here is about 220,000 litres per second!

Lyvia Falls

Lyvia Falls

From a moving coach on the Wilmot Pass it was difficult to take photographs. It was mainly huge trees from the rainforest that could be seen through the windows. Very occasionally there would be a break in the trees where we crossed spectacular waterfalls. This is one of hundreds of waterfalls along the Lyvia River. This flows from the Dingwall Mountains into Doubtful Sound.

Lake Chamberlain Falls

Lake Chamberlain Falls

Just under half way along Doubtful Sound the boat moved slowly up to these falls. There is an 800 metre height difference between the water pictured here and Lake Camberlain, high up in the mountains. This photograph just shows the last few metres of the falls which seem to go up into the sky as far as the eye can see. Obviously, without being airborne there was no way to get a glimpse of the lake.

Waterfall at Milford Sound

Waterfall at Milford Sound

On a wet day, for which there are many, Milford Sound is surrounded by waterfalls. With an average annual rainfall of 268 inches (compared to Manchester’s 33 inches) it is one of the wettest inhabited places in the world. It has been known to rain up to 10 inches in just 24 hours. Unsurprisingly this creates dozens of temporary waterfalls that cascade down the cliff faces as seen here. Photographically the problem is giving a sense of scale. Fortunately the boat went in close to one of the larger falls. Whilst most tourists went up to the front of the boat, dressed in waterproofs, cameras pointing upwards. I stepped right back and included them in my photograph.