Aratiatia Rapids, Taupo
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Location: 630 Aratiatia Rd, Rotokawa 3377
Parking: Yes, carpark
Dogs: Yes, although the sign doesnt say dogs allowed or not allowed. Keep your dogs on their leash and there shouldnt be a problem.
Shoes: Any shoes would be fine, although the first viewing platform is quite rocky and uneven. The upper viewing platform is up a short incline.
Date Walked: 28.08.2018
Weather Conditions: Sunny, crisp
Distance: Less than 1km
Time Required: 5 minutes to bottom lookout, 10 minutes to top lookout. Allow time to watch the rapids if you are there on time.
Final Rating: ★★★★★
The rapids are released daily at:
as well as 04.00PM 1st October – 31st March
This walk and view is still worthwhile even if you have missed the rapids. The rock formations where the rapids run is very impressive. Start at the carpark and make your way across the road. From there a path to the right leads you to the two viewing platfroms.
Path to the lower lookout is quite rough, take care.
View of where the rapids run when water is released
Path to upper lookout is well maintained, slight incline.
View of powerstation from upper lookout
View of Rapids from upper lookout
View from road bridge by carpark
Toilet in carpark