Visitors watch from the bridge and the first lookout point as the dam gates open and fill the rapids
Image: Nate Wallace | DOC


Several times a day the gates at the Aratiatia dam are opened to release the full flow of the river - a spectacular sight from the lookout points. Stay safe and keep clear of the rapids at all times.

620 m | 7 km

Walking and tramping

10 min | 2 hr Easiest: Short walk
Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

45 min Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.


Taupo Office
Phone:   +64 7 376 0072
Address:   37 Motutaiko Street
Taupo 3330
Postal Address:   PO Box 528
Taupo 3351
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