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Aratiatia Rapids

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Address: Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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The Rapids only open once every 2 hours, in the summer time at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. It's nothing compared to Huka falls, but it's free and nice to see. We expected it to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Rapids only open once every 2 hours, in the summer time at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. It's nothing compared to Huka falls, but it's free and nice to see. We expected it to be dramatic when it opened, but it was slow and actually a disappointment. Still it gets 4/5 as it's free and a nice stop on... More 

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Sydney
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You park in the carpark near the dam, cross the road and walk down a small bushpath. We did take the pram and it was ok for a lot of it but in a few places we needed to carry it over rocks. The walk was just the right length for our young kids (4 &3). We arrived at the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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75 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

should arrive at least half hour earlier to look around the area. then at the mid viewpoint to view when the dam gates open. see how the water fills up and flows over the whole river. summer flood gates open timing: 10am, 12nn, 2pm, 4pm. others : 10am, 12nn, 2pm

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Thank Benjamint2411
Qld
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the Aratiata Rapids by boat and had a wonderful time. Our boat captain Simon was very helpful and gave us wonderful experiences.

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Thank Rhonda D
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We all enjoyed this, including our 9yo daughter. There are not many attractions that are free! You can either watch from the bridge, or take a short walk to either the lower or higher view points. We went to the lower and mentioned to eachother it wouldn't be suitable for wheelchairs. Take your camera.

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Thank Kim P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Checked out the 10am release of the dam. View better from the top. Give yourself 10 mins to reach to top view point. Took our toddler in a backpack, easy enough walk.

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Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Every year when we holiday in Taupo we visit the Aratiatia Rapids to watch the spill gates open. This free activity is a crowd pleaser and there are several vantage points to watch the surge of water as it pours out and fills the waterways. Beautiful to watch and exciting. Stand on the side of the road farthest from the... More 

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Thank Pukekofamily
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The dam gates are opened 4 times a day - 10 12. 14 16 hrs, for 15 minutes, and the result is awesome as the water cascades over the rocks. Various options for viewing, depending on length f time/mobility

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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the flood gates open the wall of water makes its way through the valley, filling in the spaces as it travels down the river... What was once a slow flowing river that many use to swim/refresh, is now a raging force of water that sirens warn to stay clear. Best viewing point from each of the tracks that lead... More 

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Broadstairs
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second visit, just as dramatic each time. Suggest viewing dam before and during release of water, regular times easily available. If you can, ride the Rapids Jet for a unique view when discharging.

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