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Serious water flow

Easy access from car park 1 min walk. Bathrooms in car park. Lots of viewing areas. Can see the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cami N
via mobile
Must see, short walk from parking to gain an excellent view.

Take the time to go and visit this location. Check timetable for when they open the gates and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Clare R
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-376 0072
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Easy access from car park 1 min walk. Bathrooms in car park. Lots of viewing areas. Can see the jet boats below rapids.

Thank Cami N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time to go and visit this location. Check timetable for when they open the gates and arrive early to get a good position to appreciate the volume of water that comes down the falls/rapids.

Thank Clare R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing free thing to do. The walk to the first lookout is only 5min and easy. But not wheelchair or buggy accessible but those in wheels could watch from the bridge. A must do when visiting Taupo

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting was the first thing we did in Taupo and definitely worth it. The water looks wonderful and it’s amazing to see the ferocity of the water. One of the top things to see for free.

Thank EddieAlexCook
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The rapids are lovely before and after they open the dam. Get there 15 mins before to get a nice spot or go to the look out. I thought the mid viewing point was nicest but seeing it from all view points was good and...More

Thank EmmaBudgie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice visit when it is sunny . The dam releases water 4 times / day in summer : 10, noon , 2PM and 4PM . In winter : 10AM , noon and 2PM . It is very beautiful to see the river bed before and...More

Thank jardinpr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic to view, nice easy walk from the dam gates to a couple of lookouts. When the water is released its awesome. BE AWARE a siren is sounded in plenty of time to get a good photo opportunity spot, or if you're stupid enough to...More

Thank annieck2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at the Dam to watch the scheduled water release into the rocky chasm of the river bed that now flows empty with the dam. Great sight and we can only wonder at the power if the river. Later in the afternoon while on the...More

Thank toeneey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of warning sirens and signs to warn people to keep to the viewing are. An incredible amount of water is released, worth taking a before and after photo or better still a video.

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can see the water rising when they do a release from the dam. Great views and free parking. You get to see the forces if nature at work. Can see why the rapids jet that is downstream is so much fun.

Thank Ian S
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Neil A
22 August 2018|
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Response from JoyTony1955 | Reviewed this property |
About 13km north of Taupo. Turnoff from the main highway well signposted
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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Response from HughCondron | Reviewed this property |
The upper section is where you'll see the full power of the river and Rapids. The lower section is beautiful and gives you a good sense of the scale of the river and here you will see the birds and plants and even fish if... More