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Aratiatia Rapids

Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-376 0072
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Absolutely an Amazing attraction!

The rapids are caused by the release of thousands of gallons of water from the lake at various... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Santa Barbara, California

Easily accessible, the huka Falls is a must stop on your travels due to the accessibility and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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“dam gates” (41 reviews)
“raging torrent” (31 reviews)
Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-376 0072
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The rapids are caused by the release of thousands of gallons of water from the lake at various scheduled times each day. Before the water is released, there are simply large rocks and boulders and an almost dry "pond". After the release, it becomes raging...More

Thank rnightingale3
Reviewed 6 days ago

Easily accessible, the huka Falls is a must stop on your travels due to the accessibility and beautiful clear water through the rapids to the Waikato river.

Thank D0rzy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free attraction and worth driving there to look at it. Ensure check the gate times as otherwise not much to look at.

Thank bfreisler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place to visit, check the time that the gates are opened to make the most of your visit. Good vantage points to take photos, easy to get around.

Thank palmynz
Reviewed 1 week ago

We missed the morning release by just a few minutes, but went back for the afternoon one (early) and grabbed a good vantage spot on the hill lookout. Totally worth the effort of going back.

Thank iancT4518RP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aratiatia Rapids was a cool experience. Forgetting the fact that is one of the scene location from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit; it is just neat to witness a controlled "flash flood" so closely.

Thank warfi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove past the rapids on our way through from Rotorua to Lake Taupo, and it was great to see! Incredible the amount of water that comes through! Well worth the stop

Thank Nicholas D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an incredible place to visit. Unbelievable how much water comes through the dam. Get there before the gates open so you can see the valley when it's empty. There are 2 other viewing spots that are a short bush walk away and well...More

Thank JUDY T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Made it here just in time for the 10am release. Stood over the dam wall looking away from the dam. Amazing watching the rush of water. The colour of the water is just amazing. Not a heap of people there at 10 so good viewing...More

Thank Dinks14 B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had limited time in Taupo, so we decided to drive to the Rapids first, see the first dam release at 10 am and then head over to see the Huka falls (I would recommend if you have more time to do the hike between...More

Thank Katie A
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Jader S
27 November 2016|
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Response from Lunalacrima | Reviewed this property |
Summer release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm Winter release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
Gabi W
21 December 2015|
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