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Aratiatia Dam spill

Arataitai Dam sluice gates opened Arataitai Dam sluice gates opened

The piercing sound of the siren alert before the spill flood gates are open builds anticipation. Eyes and cameras are focused on the change in the water flow. Instant waterfalls and surging torrents echo the Huka Falls with the power of water to occupy space.

Tip check spill opening times and plan to be in the carpark 20 minutes beforehand. The upper viewing platform is an easy / moderate walk while the lower viewing platform has a very uneven surface requiring greater agility.

TIP: children under five could find the ‘waiting’ tiring

TIP: best viewing on the upper path standing on the concrete platforms designed for this purpose.

Aratiatia Rapids free attraction Taupo | Aratiatia Dam viewing times

Directions to get to Aratiatia Rapids from Taupo and Rotorua

VISIT DURATION 1 hour

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