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Aratiatia Rapids

Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Pretty good

This takes a little bit of a walk from the car park, but its not too intense. A bit... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Orla B
Dublin, Ireland
Well worth a visit

Seeing how much time it takes from opening the spill gates to the flow reaching the bottom of the... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Robert J
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“sluice gates” (33 reviews)
“raging torrent” (30 reviews)
Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

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...More

Thank Orla B
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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
Reviewed 17 February 2017 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
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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...More

Reviewed 13 February 2017

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...More

Thank skatecreekrd
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Signs everywhere saying the Tourist Spillways times are closed until further notice, probably since that girl got drowned there last weekend. But you can still take a short walk down to the viewing platform which is quite cool. Not quite the same without the spillway...More

Thank Robyn W
Reviewed 7 February 2017

It is a wonder New Zealand doesn't float away with that much clean and frothy water going down the river per hour. You have to visit, make that stop in fact stay at Napier it is beautiful

Thank Bruce W
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Jader S
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Summer release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm Winter release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
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21 December 2015|
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