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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

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

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

These rapids are not as spectacular as you might expect. Granted that they don't cost anything to view, we drove a good distance out of our way to see them and we were disappointed. I would recommend going to Huka Falls upstream instead as they are far more breathtakingly powerful.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Make sure you go about 10mins before the dam is to release. Get a good spot on the bridge, or walk up the track to see it from a different view.
Amazing how much water is released.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank aussiesharon12
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Took the high view point to watch the dam open. Quite an event to see a gentle, low river turn into a rushing torrent in minutes. No charge.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank calnor
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I really enjoyed seeing the dam opened at Aratiatia rapids. The photos don't do it justice. You need to be there to hear the quiet water gradually get louder and louder. It was great.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Yvonne B
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We only just made it to the dam before the 4pm (summer only) release, what a treat. The alarm sounds a couple of times before the actual moment. The force of the water flowing under the bridge is tremendous, quickly filling a calm pool before forcing it's way over the edge and heading downstream. If you look at my photos you can see people at a lookout point downstream which is down a track alongside the river.
Before you go check the website for release times.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank oztripperz
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