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To see right to the bottom of this gorge and then to see it fill with mighty torrents of water is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
New Zealand
Good to see and free

A good free spectacle as the water is released from the dam and runs over the rock creating a white... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Andrew H
Banstead, United Kingdom
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Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-376 0072
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Reviewed 2 days ago

To see right to the bottom of this gorge and then to see it fill with mighty torrents of water is just mind boggling and a sight to behold. The incredible force and fury of nature is truely untamable. This is a must do and...More

Thank collinz0188lsnt
Reviewed 3 days ago

A good free spectacle as the water is released from the dam and runs over the rock creating a white water rapid and free to see 4 times a day.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A few times each day, after several loud warnings, spill gates from a dam are opened at the top of the Aratiatia rapids and the narrow gorge fills with turbulent water surging past at up to 90,000 litres per second. Whilst you can stand on...More

Thank NZNana
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to find out about this from the locals. We had a great position on the bridge so we could see the dam gates opening and how the water flooded the first catchment then flowed down river. It’s worth timing your visit to...More

Thank julzm1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see the wild and wet flora and fauna. Amazing spectacle of raw energy. Controlled by the local authorities to harness power and a naturel water resource

Thank Yvonne M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth a look! Amazing to see the power of water and nature. Recommend viewing from the first lookout point.

Thank CheqKitchen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great thing to see! Watch the empty rapids fill up with water as the dam opens to release water! Looks great! Definitely recommended and not far from Taupo!

Thank 22radhikap
Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect place to spend with any loved one. go on times like 10am 12 pm 2 pm or 4 pm to have a perfect enjoyment of the place. When the dam opens the river starts to flow again and one can understand how brutal...More

1  Thank Sarvadaman V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most exhilirating experiences I've ever had. Loved everything about this place. Was so peaceful and very mindblowing

Thank Destination787672
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Get there 15 mins early to baggsy a space on the middle lookout . Well worth the wait to see the river progressively change. Great fun.

Thank Mike H
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Neil A
22 August 2018|
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Response from TamaraP1316 | Reviewed this property |
A five minute drive
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