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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a free attraction where you can watch the dam open into the river. Its approx. 13km from Taupo and the dam opens 4 times a day in Summer. I suggest you arrive at least 5 minutes earlier. It is quite spectacular to watch the amount of water that fills the gorge within a short period of time.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Excellent view of most unusual action. Within minutes a tumble of dry rocks are engulfed in frothing, foaming water as the dam gates open.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 4, 2020 via mobile

We turned up 10 mins earlier to watch the 2 pm rapids and we weren’t disappointed. The amount of wAter in a short time was spectacular creating a changed environment in minutes. Well worth the 15 min drive from TAupo.

Date of experience: January 2020
1  Thank Alison P
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Reviewed January 3, 2020 via mobile

To wait in anticipation for the spill-way gates to open and then see the gorge rapidly fill up was very exciting for all the family - following that the walk to the advantage spots to see more of the gorge made the whole experience one to remember

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 3, 2020

We watched the Aratiatia Rapids (releasing of the dam) definitely a must see, the cheer amount of water passing through and the colour was phenomenal.

Date of experience: December 2019
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