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Aratiatia Rapids

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Address: Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Great experience for all ages

My family visited here aged from 67 right down to 1 year old and everybody loved it. Taupo has something for everyone. Would definitely recomend

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
lanceandange
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Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family visited here aged from 67 right down to 1 year old and everybody loved it. Taupo has something for everyone. Would definitely recomend

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Thank lanceandange
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The opening of the dam is super interesting to see, as the water pool fills up and forms a rapid and then empties again in the span of ca 30 min. It is cool to see and I you have the time and can make the scheduled time there I would recommend going :)

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Thank JustinThessi
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to visit for a picnic or just a quick stop over. Make sure you time it right as the flood gates only open every couple of hours. Make sure you arrive at least 20 mins before the gates open to allow yourself time to choice where you would like to wittiness the flood gates change the water.... More 

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Thank ainsleeash
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We travelled to Aratiatia rapids via mountain bikes. We started at Spa road park, went across the rotary Huka falls track, then across the Aratiatia loop track. It is an easy track with a few ups and downs, although if you go right around, it is about 30 km's. The rapids were an added bonus to the ride and were... More 

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Thank Murray S
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Make sure you time it right! There are specific times to visit to witness the change as the rapids open - so get there 10 mins before the gates are due to open so you can appreciate the changes.

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Thank Chiefjellybean
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago 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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Thank Debbie W
Wellington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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Thank NBNZ
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank aussiebeth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks 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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