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. Use our Taupo day trip tool to visit Aratiatia Rapids on your trip to Taupo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • One of the scenes filmed in this place. If you ever come here be mindful of the timing that the dam will open so will have an extra experience. It also has a short hike leading you to the view point w...  more »
  • This is a free attraction, and it is worth a stop if you are close by during the dam opening times. Great for teaching the kids about power generation.  more »
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  • Amazing attraction, nothing quite like it! Such an immense amount of water in a short space of time. As far as I know it releases at 10, 12 and 2 and lasts for 15minutes. Incredible watching the valley fill up. 3 different view points to choose from, 1 on the bridge and two a short walk around.
  • Usually needs a bit of patience waiting and then it slowly fills with people trying to get their positions. It's a little uneven walking down in places so be careful not to slip. The rapids aren't fast to fill with water but its cool watching the water fill different canyons as it goes and then you get the fast moving rapids so that's also cool to see
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