Dive the Waikato

The water draining from Lake Taupō is crystal clear at Reids Park Farm, the out-point for daring drift divers following the current downstream. Miss this out-point and the next stop is Huka Falls.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Invasive oxygen weed clings to the banks, over-reached by wilding pines and weedy willows—a flora drastically altered from the forest that would have once fringed this waterway.

Invasive species, agricultural chemicals and pest plants radically change the ecology of river systems over a very short period of time. The ecology of the Waikato River reflects our activities on land—where we allow pollution, the river will be polluted, where we restore wetlands and plant significant riparian margins, the river will run clean.

Episodes From This Location

Soak it up

1 minute / 2019

Hinemoa’s Needle

1 minute / 2019

Ride a log truck

1 minute / 2019

Dive the Waikato

1 minute / 2019

Hot rocks

1 minute / 2019

Upper reaches

1 minute / 2019

Inside a power station

1 minute / 2019

Fly over a power station

1 minute / 2019

Ride in a jet boat

1 minute / 2019

Flying high

1 minute / 2019

Go eeling

1 minute / 2019

Leviathans

1 minute / 2019

Paddle a waka

1 minute / 2019

The torrent

1 minute / 2019