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Aratiatia Rapids

Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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A wonderful free activitiy

It's easy to fit this into your day while going around Taupo. The dam releases at specific times in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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View with a bite

The rapids have water released from hydro dam at set times during the day which are advertised, but... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Taupo, New Zealand
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Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's easy to fit this into your day while going around Taupo. The dam releases at specific times in summer and winter so check beforehand at the isite. Nice place to have a picnic break if the weather is fine. And it's free! I got...More

Thank anja-f-atv
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The rapids have water released from hydro dam at set times during the day which are advertised, but is also a popular swimming hole for locals and tourists. Looks nice and inviting on a hot day but when water is released is very spectacular with...More

Thank mikewendy1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Aratiatia Dam opens daily at 2 pm. Water floods through a narrow series of rock pools and the river quickly fills up with white water. Make sure you are in a good spot on the bridge by 1.55 or allow 20 minutes to walk...More

Thank Melody H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such an amazing experience - we frequently come and watch the gates open - so spectacular!! There is plenty of parking and there is a lot of space for people to watch the dam open. Lots of fun for the ENTIRE family!!!

Thank Kiwifarmgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband, teenage daughter and I visited the Aratiatia dam and rapids, where the dam opens (at scheduled times) releasing water into the ravine creating the steep, turbulent rapids over a period of about 10 minutes. It was so impressive we watched it twice. We...More

Thank Briony W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to access, by car or cycle - we all (aged from 2yrs to 80) met in time for early afternoon dam release and were impressed with the experience. Loved the colour (Huka Falls aqua!) - and totally recommend the experience.

Thank Myyyia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the visit. The volume and color of the water is impressive. There are 2 good vantage points, the first being the dam itself. Gates opened 10, 12 and 2 but check before you go. The other one is a minimal walk from the...More

Thank annechop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I naively thought this was going to be a little more dramatic than it was but lovely views and quite spectacular

Thank Katie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make the effort to see this, its impressive and unique! Beautiful area to walk around and see it all. GO SEE IT!

Thank nmcfadzien
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made it here for the first opening of the gates in the morning. We found the entire experience fascinating. We went to the upper viewing point and I definitely think this is the best place to see the rapids. Seeing the change in water...More

Thank CTricity
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Jader S
27 November 2016|
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Response from Lunalacrima | Reviewed this property |
Summer release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm Winter release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
Gabi W
21 December 2015|
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