Calm peaceful stream to raging torrent ๐ŸŒŠ – Aratiatia Dam.

The walks near the Aratiatia Rapids offer a great little adventure for the young and old. The Aratiatia Dam is just north of Taupo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟย and releases water 3-4 times a day, transforming the gorge from a calm trickling stream into a raging torrent ๐ŸŒŠ. It really is spectacular to watch plus it’s entertaining for the kids and it is a nice easy stroll to the two lookout points ๐Ÿ”ญ. I would recommend going an hour before they release the water so you can take your time to explore the tracks, take in the scenery and choose a spot to enjoy the show.

Here’s a short video of our time there:



If you wanted to make a day of it you could take the 2 hour walking track from Huka falls which follows the river all the way to the Aratiatia Dam or alternately you can bike it (~45 minutes one way without kids). Why not enjoy a nice picnic along the way, you could even arrange for someone to pick you up at the other end!

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