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“Aratiatia rapids”
Review of Aratiatia Rapids

Aratiatia Rapids
Ranked #3 of 71 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 19, 2012

Amazing to see the river fill with water when the dam is opened.

Thank JooleeB
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

It was amazing to see each pool fill up and overflow until the rapids formed. So, so interesting. It is free and there is parking and a very short walk to the viewing points.

Thank Devon S
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

This really is a one off attraction - check with your hotel or i-site about the dam opening hours(this summer it was 10am 12 noon 2pm and 4pm). Get there early and walk to one of the signposted viewing areas - not a difficult or long walk just a bit uneven in places. This gives you the chance to look at the rapids before the water flows through the sluice gates and fills up the rapids before your eyes - there is a siren sounded at 10 minutes and 5 minutes before the gates open so you have some warning. When the water starts to flow it takes a little while to fill up the pools before the rocks in the gorge are submerged, you can get some great time lapse photos. If you are unable to walk to the viewing areas you can still watch from the top of the dam. Thoroughly recommend this.

4  Thank dorla
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Just make sure to visit when they open the dam gates. A nice walk to the best viewing points.

Thank reded46
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

Amazing to be able to see how quickly the water level rises in the stream, to become a torrent of a river.

Thank GoldenDragon338
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