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“See it when dam opens”
Review of Aratiatia Rapids

Aratiatia Rapids
Ranked #3 of 69 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Minnesota
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132 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“See it when dam opens”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Get to the site a good hour b/4 the dam opens and head downstream. Get a good seat to watch the water begin to fill the river gorge after the dam has opened. Spectacular

Visited February 2013
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“Pretty spectacular !”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Nice walk & exciting when they release the water from the Dam. On the main road from Taupo to Rotorua so easy to call in and have a look or you can walk from Huka Falls.

Visited March 2013
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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“Still cant believe what we saw”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The dam opens up about four times a day and simply floods the "dry" valley below. The valley goes from a dry river bed to a raging torrent in minutes - a must see .....and its FREE!!

Visited February 2013
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United Kingdom
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“Worth a detour”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Very impressive sight once the flood gates open, as they do at the time stated on the board. Like most things Kiwi, well organised.

Visited February 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Don't miss these - but check dam opening times.”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Rapids are nothing until dam gates open 10, 12, 2 and 4pm until 31 March at least. When they open there is a total transformation of 2 huge rock pools, and a stream into raging rapids. Only lasts 15 minutes each time - if you're quick you can watch the pools fill and then get to the first lookout to look up as well as down the rapids. Thought it was so good, we went twice.

Visited March 2013
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