Aratiatia Dam and Huka Falls

After more than a week staying in Rotorua and enjoying the sulphur smell, our next stop was Taupo. We didn’t have much planned for this area but stayed for a few days so we could be flexible with our big hike in Tongariro National Park. We did find a few great things to enjoy while in town.

Aratiatia Dam

Aratiatia Dam is a popular stop for people to enjoy when the dam is opened a few times a day to let water through and create some powerful rapids. Before the dam opens there are a few warning sirens that go off as an alert to anyone down by the water to evacuate the area immediately. Swimming is prohibited in the area but some people unfortunately do not heed the warnings. As you can see from the pictures, it is not the place to be when the dam opens.

Before the dam opens. The water is clear and very calm.


The water starting to rush and create some rapids.


The water level at the highest.


Huka Falls

Another highlight from the area was Huka Falls. This is on the Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand. The water flows over the falls at a rate of 220,000 liters per second and falls 11 meters to the pool below.



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