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Aratiatia Rapids

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Address: Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand

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Ignore the bad reviews and see it for yourself

Ignore the bad reviews that say this place is not worth to see! Yes, don't expect a sudden surge of water or a continuous one like the Huka Falls, but the rapids at its peak is... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Ignore the bad reviews that say this place is not worth to see! Yes, don't expect a sudden surge of water or a continuous one like the Huka Falls, but the rapids at its peak is definitely impressive! Come just before the dam gates open at 10am, 12pm, 2pm or 4pm. Allow 5-10 mins to walk to the lookout point.... More 

Thank dunmetiel
Queanbeyan, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Witnessing a virtually dry water course transform into a raging rapids in around ten minutes showcases the power and beauty of the water rapids but beware. The siren sounds before the water is released four times per day - if you are not in one of the provided safe viewing areas this could be very risky. Must see attraction.

Thank Leap601
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This takes a little bit of a walk from the car park, but its not too intense. A bit uphill. Worth doing, especially if you like the hobbit, but I think it would be better to time it for when they release the dam. We didnt.

Thank Orla B
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seeing how much time it takes from opening the spill gates to the flow reaching the bottom of the Rapids makes you appreciate both the volume and power of the water.

Thank Robert J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The spills were operating today, amazing to see the water build from nothing to become a roaring torrent in such a short time.

Thank davidkn16
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Luckily we checked with an I site in Taupo before heading out to the falls. the power station running the gates are no longer opening them due to an extended dry period. Make sure to check with the local information centre before heading out.

Thank Chris P
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love watching the rapids as the water is let go from the dam. It's worth doing the bush walk alongside the river to watch from observation points built along the river.

Thank Nonstop_Kiwi
Gold Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we reached the parking area near the dam, there were many signs advising that there wouldn't be any tourist spills until further notice. The water is very clear and the area is very pleasant however people mainly come for the water release. We understand the reason for the current closure.

Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to view the rapids at the lower location by the power station described in the "Frenzy NZ" guide book. It's a beautiful spot to see the water release from the dam. Tragically a few days before 4 young women had gone out to a rock in the river to watch the event and one was swept away and... More 

Thank skatecreekrd
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive and scary but a must do when you in the area although there are soo many attractions to visit don't miss this.

Thank Gerard R

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