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Aratiatia Rapids

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Address: Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Definitely worth a detour!

This is definitely worth a detour for this Free event. Get there in enough time before the sluice gates open to find a good viewpoint in the gorge. Take a couple of photos of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Susan E
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Whyalla, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was interesting and a great photo opportunity but the down side is you have to be there at the right time. The dam is opened at certain times and if your not at the front its pretty hard to see.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is definitely worth a detour for this Free event. Get there in enough time before the sluice gates open to find a good viewpoint in the gorge. Take a couple of photos of the empty gorge and then others - or a video, as it fills up as the water is released. It is spectacular to watch, and to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Water is released 4 times a day for about 15-20 minutes. You can enjoy the spectacle from the bridge over the dam or at various points along a bush path - the lower spot giving the best views as the water cascades down the river

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Stretton-On-Dunsmore, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular opening of sluice gates. Would be great if they actually expleained on a board why they do this. May be obvious, maybe I missed the board.

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Thank Baldbutsexy
South San Franc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there when they opened the dam to lower the water level in the lake, and it was quite interesting to watch. The water level in the downstream basin rose dramatically, and the rapids went from a sleepy creek to whitewater in a few minutes, then back down again.

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Thank Kevin M
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good to see the rapid, but not as breathtaking as expected. The rapids take a while to reach the viewing location and not very dramatic.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you get to the opening of the dam. It's so incredible to see the dam doors open up and watch the water flood through. We stood on the bridge directly opposite the doors and we got an amazing view rather than walking to the 'viewing platforms'

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is worth timing your visit to 12 noon when they open the sluice gates and the Rapids fill up. We did this more by accident than design but recommend getting to the viewpoint for the water to build up so you can photo before and after.

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Grafton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rushed to the Aratiatia Rapids to see the 10 a.m. release of water. It is a bit of a hike to the rapids, and somehow it seems counter intuitive, but the nearer viewing site is probably better than the second one. I took a photo every 30 seconds or so and watched the rapids gradually fill up the canyon.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We will be coming back again, this is a must see! The sheer volume of water that cascades down is remarkable, and it is amazing to witness. Next time we want to go to a different vantage point. There were plenty of options for viewing with a few very short bush walks if you are so inclined or you can... More 

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