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.

7 km

Walking and tramping

10 min | 2 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

45 min Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times. Other pets on conservation land rules.


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Phone 0800 275 362
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