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“Rapids Alright”
Review of Aratiatia Rapids

Aratiatia Rapids
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Rapids Alright”
Reviewed 27 January 2012

Amazing to be able to see how quickly the water level rises in the stream, to become a torrent of a river.

Visited January 2012
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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“Well worth the 30 minutes and it is free!”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

It was quite amazing to watch the rapids form when the spill gates are opened. We only found about about this by reading the Great Lake Taupo visitors guide which we picked up from the i-site.

Effectively, they open the spill gates of a dam that floods a canyon forming rapids. The Canyon is quite spectatular without the water and it is amazing to watch the water slowly flood the canyon forming impressive rapids.

We watched from the mid level lookout, and I would recommend getting there 20 minutes so you have time to walk down to the lookout. I think the view is better than staying on the bridge.

Visited January 2012
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Auckland
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5 attraction reviews
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“An unexpected show by man and mother nature”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

We stumbled across the Aratiatia Rapids when we were in the Aratitia dam area to board a cruise on the Waikato River. Wow! This was great. At set times of the day, the dam gates are raised to allow an enormous volume of water to flow out of the catchment lake downriver from the Huka Falls. This water flow quickly fills the almost dry river bed below. Amazing to watch!

Visited January 2012
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Must see for Free!”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

See both the rapids and the opening of the dam. Water is released from the dam where the water rises some 10 metres before it rushes down the rapids. Breathtaking.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Aratiatia Rapids”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

You really need tyo see this when they open the gates from the dam. Fantastic sight as the rapids fill up.

Visited December 2011
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