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Review of Aratiatia Rapids

Aratiatia Rapids
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 20, 2012

A impressive place to see how water is used for producing energy. Go to the top where you have the best view.

Thank Jeroen S
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Dam opened 4 times a day, try to make an opening time.although you can see everything from the bridge it is better from the far viewing point ,far more impressive and only 4 mins walk away.

Thank Ann R
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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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