Aratiatia Rapids

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Aratiatia Rapids
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JohnDeereQueen
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand63 contributions
Excellent no cost activity! Definitely reccommend!
Aug 2021
Such a beautiful things to see, the dam opening and the hugh amount of water surging down the rock valley floor. Allow time to walk to the viewing platforms, personally I found the mid view point to have better views than the top viewpoint.
Written 1 August 2021
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The Von
Wellington, New Zealand22 contributions
Top 10 things to do for free in Taupo
Jul 2021
Visiting Aratiatia is something I have been doing since I was a young child. I've possibly seen the gates open 50 times in my life and never get sick of watching the rush of water and the powerful surges as the rapids fill up when the dam gates are opened.

Summer release hours (October to March) - 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Winter release hours (April to September) - 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Written 22 July 2021
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,280 contributions
Worth to have a look
Jul 2021
The dam opens 3 times a day at 10am, 12noon and 2pm. I think it is worth to go and have a look. You needn't walk much from the car park so it is alright to arrive about 5-10 minutes beforehand. There are 2 sides, the dam gate or the lower level. We were on the side of the lower level and it seemed most people were the same. The dam side had fewer people.
The water was powerful and the sound was impressive.
After a few minutes, we went to the gate side too.
The whole process was about 20 minutes. Most people left after 10 minutes on our visit day.
Written 21 July 2021
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Sumac2010
Martinborough, New Zealand107 contributions
Fantastic
May 2021
Re-living a childhood memory, the excitement of huge quantities of water crashing through the Aratiatia Rapids was just as exciting for an adult. Such power and glory!
Written 25 May 2021
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Nina B
Auckland Central, New Zealand239 contributions
Free Attraction
Apr 2021
It is amazing to see the dam open and the water rush down and fill up the canyon. This happens several times a day (10am, 12pm and 2pm). we watched it from the lower viewing platform and it was fantastic. You can also watch it from the bridge or from the higher platform. The lower one is 5 minutes away from the road and the higher one 10 minutes.
Written 27 April 2021
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waynehannah2018
Christchurch, New Zealand42 contributions
Its FREE and WORTH A LOOK
Mar 2021
Goes off every couple of hours. Its all over in 15 minutes. Pretty good to see the dam release and the valley flood. Good to take the kids
Written 8 April 2021
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Glenda R
3 contributions
Spectacular
Mar 2021
You need to be there at the time they release the water to get the best view. To see it flow over the top and dance down the rocks is great.
Written 23 March 2021
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BP
New Zealand4 contributions
Dam Gates Opening
Mar 2021
Spectacular view of the water crashing down over the riverbed rocks when dam gates open. Great spot to watch is from the "mid-point" viewing spot on the trail across the road from the dam.
Written 22 March 2021
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Jan F
New Plymouth, New Zealand30 contributions
Awesome Sight!!
Mar 2021
No matter how many times I see this, I never tire of the view, the splendour & the sheer power of the water. Awesome to see.... then go on the rapids jet!! WOW!!!!!
Written 8 March 2021
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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
SPECTACULAR SCENERY FROM THE LOOKOUT POINT.
Mar 2020
Aratiatia Rapids is one of the most popular natural attraction which is scenic route for Waikato River between it and Huka Falls.
Written 22 February 2021
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