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Aratiatia Rapids

Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Free and Amazing

There is not much that is free in this world but this is one that you need to have. The falls are... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Taranaki Region, New Zealand
Hidden Gem!

Having been to Taupo dozens of times over the years, I have only recently discovered Aratiatia... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
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Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

There is not much that is free in this world but this is one that you need to have. The falls are so spectacular. Thank you to those that had the vision to ensure that the falls were not lost when the damming of the...More

Thank donna_drummond
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Having been to Taupo dozens of times over the years, I have only recently discovered Aratiatia Rapids. It is an awesome sight - most people visit Huka Falls but Aratiatia is much more impressive in my opinion.... but don't tell everyone as we don't want...More

Thank BoxNZ
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Seeing the dam open is a must see experience. Seeing the rapids flow is so cool to see. Otherwise its an amazing looking river with wonderful views

Thank 918alethean
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

There are a number of free attractions in Taupo, this place Mercury Energy the local generating company open the Aratiatia dam gates 4 times a day in the summer 10, 12, 2 and 4 pm. You can watch the water flood and fill a stoney...More

1  Thank WellyTone
Reviewed 27 January 2017

When the dam opens this is truly an amazing spectacle that everyone should see at least once in there lifetime

Thank Wookie1957
Reviewed 26 January 2017

we visited these rapids in conjunction with the rapids jet ride. We watched from the bridge which was interesting but not really that spectacular. From the boat ride we learnt more and was interesting to hear the Hobbit anecdotes. Would I make a long journey...More

Thank JDB867
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Get to one of the vantage points to truly appreciate the power of the river rapids. The water's released four times a day, at 10, 12, 2 and 4 o'clock

Thank thenickmeister
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We popped down to see the gates opening. Bus loads of people arrived 20 minutes before the gates opened. The 1st siren goes off, then at 2 minutes the 2nd siren...the anticipation is now boiling over, and then the 3rd siren screams and the gates...More

Thank WillemLab
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This was a great afternoon for our family. You must plan your trip to coincide with the flood gates opening, we went at 4.00pm. A short walk takes you to the middle view point which seems to be the most popular. Get there early as...More

1  Thank Lance N
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My family visited here aged from 67 right down to 1 year old and everybody loved it. Taupo has something for everyone. Would definitely recomend

Thank lanceandange
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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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