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Review of Aratiatia Rapids

Aratiatia Rapids
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“overseas visitors viewing”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

they were very impressed with the turbulence of the falls when the flood gates opened. Our wheel chair friend could not negotiate enough of the track to get the best view, so he stayed on the road bridge overlooking the rapids.

Visited July 2014
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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“worth a look”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Always worth having a look at the rapids. Aim to go just before they let the water out of the dam. I like to stand on the rapid side of the road to watch how quickly the water level rises. You can take a wee walk and watch from different view point, but easy to just park and dash across the road.

Visited June 2014
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Nice place to go”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Dam open with a timing. Plan your itinerary before heading there and it wont disappoint you. See how the river change when dam open and gush of water flow to the river.

Visited July 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Awesome free activity”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

It's lovely and special to watch those waters rush out from the dam.
NOT TO BE MISSED. Good family activity and the view was stunning.

Visited July 2014
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Wellington
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Time it right!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Seen it many times, but still interesting to see how much the water level changes when the gates are opened. You need to get there before opening times (10, 12 and 2 in winter) so you can see the normal water level, and then watch it rise rapidly when the gates open. Can see it quite well from the bridge opposite the carpark, but worth the short walk to the lookouts for the best views.

Visited July 2014
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