Aratiatia Rapids, Taupo

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Marvel at the forces of nature (and engineering) at Aratiatia Rapids, a section of river diverted by a power station. Though normally a calm stream thanks to the nearby dam, the diversion gates open several times per day, allowing the river to flow at its full speed. As the gates open, you'll see 90,000 liters (19,800 gal) per second rage through the rocky gorge, frothing and bubbling as it tumbles down the slope. Hike your way up to one of the surrounding rock bluffs for a view overlooking the river and rapids. You can reach the site via a local bus route traveling between the area's popular attractions. For Aratiatia Rapids and beyond, use our Taupo vacation trip planner to get the most from your Taupo vacation.
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  • Great cheap fun. The control gates open at 10am ,12am and 2pm in winter. Watch the control gates open then go to the other side of the bridge and watch the water start to flow over the start of the ra...  more »
  • i drove past these twice a day for the short 5 days I was there and only saw the gates opened once but the whole are is truly stunning and well worth the visit  more »
  • Only a few minutes drive from the world famous Huka Falls. Parking ample and either nil / 5 minute or 10minute walk to view (several options). To witness a truly wondrous event several times a day - m...  more »
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  • Be at the dam at the right time to see the sluice gates opened. Lovely walk to the gorge. Great walk for all ages. Public restrooms will be a great and welcome addition.
  • Whilst it's not for swimming in this magnificent 2hrly release of water through the lava rocks at Aratiatia is stunning. It's one of the musts in Taupo if you're visiting but stay behind the barriers. We always take our international visitors to see them
  • Somehow always mesmerising and refreshing to watch.
  • While everyone is focused on the dam opening, the bed rock is also fascinating with spherulites of crystallized obsidian. Hinting at an ancient volcanic dome pre Taupo erruption.
  • Cool to see, only downside was waiting for it to happen. Water was a very cool colour to see.