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Aratiatia Rapids

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Address: Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Amazing to view rapids flooding with tons of water. Three good vantage points, bridge, lookout 1 and lookout 2. In holiday season get there early to get a park and walk to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing to view rapids flooding with tons of water. Three good vantage points, bridge, lookout 1 and lookout 2. In holiday season get there early to get a park and walk to viewpoint and secure a good spot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

See how the rapids are recreated when the flood gates are opened - for about 15 minutes white foam are everywhere as the water storms out. Ample parking available and toilet as well (although primitive)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great times- I would recommend getting in a little earlier to find the right position for you. I enjoyed the centre viewing platform best. For Hobbit fans... imagine the barrels, otherwise, just sit back and marvel at the total power of the water and how nature can make it's true force known.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seeing it all dry & then the gates open - the sheer force of the water......brilliant! We even enjoyed it in the rain.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome - even when its busy. Watching the falls fill from the hydro spill is awesome. A great, free activity to fill an hour or so.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant trip! We had an amazing time! Highly recommend this to anyone who likes a thrill and being outdoors.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it and recommend to all regardless of age and gender. You will have the time of your life if you are a thrill seeker like myself.

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Canberra - Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Water is released from the dam at 10.00, 12.00 and 2.00 each day. There are good photo opportunities from the bridge above the dam. Parking was close and easy.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From a gentle flowing brook to an extremely powerful rush of water filling up rock pools and gushing over rocks and down the canyon. A series of siren calls warns when the water gates are about to open. It's a little bush walk with stairs and some rocks to get to the low viewing platform from the car park but... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the 4:00 opening and it wasn't too crowded. We went to the low viewing platform and could see heaps. I think the higher viewing platform would be too far away from the initial flow through the gates. It was about a 5 minute walk, up and downhill, some stairs and uneven ground but not strenuous. Was awesome... More 

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