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Impressive rapids

It's worth making your way down to one of the viewing points (the first of which is only 5 mins... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
974marianw
Love!!!

This is free and very impressive. Only a short time required to visit however make sure you get... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LynseyUK55
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's worth making your way down to one of the viewing points (the first of which is only 5 mins down the track) as it offers a great view of the rapids. It was quite exciting to be standing there as the alarm went off...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 974marianw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is free and very impressive. Only a short time required to visit however make sure you get there early to get a front spot. Very impressive and loved this little attraction.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LynseyUK55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recently visited these falls and it was a very good experience. The falls have a lower and upper lookout point which provide great views of the valley and the dam. Entry is free and when I visited, they were much quieter than the Haku...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mrlukenik
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To see right to the bottom of this gorge and then to see it fill with mighty torrents of water is just mind boggling and a sight to behold. The incredible force and fury of nature is truely untamable. This is a must do and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank collinz0188lsnt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A good free spectacle as the water is released from the dam and runs over the rock creating a white water rapid and free to see 4 times a day.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A few times each day, after several loud warnings, spill gates from a dam are opened at the top of the Aratiatia rapids and the narrow gorge fills with turbulent water surging past at up to 90,000 litres per second. Whilst you can stand on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NZNana
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were lucky to find out about this from the locals. We had a great position on the bridge so we could see the dam gates opening and how the water flooded the first catchment then flowed down river. It’s worth timing your visit to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank julzm1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place to see the wild and wet flora and fauna. Amazing spectacle of raw energy. Controlled by the local authorities to harness power and a naturel water resource

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Yvonne M
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a look! Amazing to see the power of water and nature. Recommend viewing from the first lookout point.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CheqKitchen
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

Great thing to see! Watch the empty rapids fill up with water as the dam opens to release water! Looks great! Definitely recommended and not far from Taupo!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 22radhikap
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Neil A
23 August 2018|
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Response from TamaraP1316 | Reviewed this property |
A five minute drive
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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
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Gabi W
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Response from HughCondron | Reviewed this property |
The upper section is where you'll see the full power of the river and Rapids. The lower section is beautiful and gives you a good sense of the scale of the river and here you will see the birds and plants and even fish if... More
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