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“Beautiful experience plus it's free!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Aratiatia Rapids

Aratiatia Rapids
Ranked #3 of 68 things to do in Taupo
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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250 reviews
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“Beautiful experience plus it's free!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Our group of 4 were fortunate to have a beautiful day in Taupo. We travelled out to the dam which took about 20 mintues and waited for the dam to release water. I can't remember the numbers but many thousands of litres (or was it millions?) of water escaped the dam to fill this chasm. I thought it was to feed the hydro plant downstream but was told it was only to regulate the level of the dam. Regardless, this was a great sight plus the excitement of the kids standing around us just reinforced why we were there.....they were so excited in anticipation of this this wonderful event.

Visited April 2013
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“wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is an experience not to be missed. An amazing spectacle we loved it and would see it every trip to Rotorua if we had time. beautiful bush walk to look out and great to watch a show that is free, very entertaining and educational

Visited September 2012
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“See it when dam opens”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 !”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“Still cant believe what we saw”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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