Soak it up

Tourists take a load off at Kerosene Creek, a natural hotspring on the Wai-o-Tapu tributary that ultimately runs into the Waikato.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

The Waikato River is the country’s longest, and cuts through one of the most populated rural landscapes in New Zealand, posing a unique challenge for conservation and the primary sector alike. It is tapped for power, for irrigation, and invasive species have replaced natives in many places. There may be no going back, but the mauri of the river—it’s life-giving force—can be restored.

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