Nearby Aratiatia Dam and Rapids

Aratiatia Dam is 13km out of Taupo so while there you may as well make the most of your drive and check out what is nearby…

Huka Falls River Cruise

Huka Falls River cruise starts from the Aratiatia Dam car park. Take in the Aratiatia Dam opening over the Aratiatia Rapids then take a Cruise on Huka Falls Cruise. The cruise duration is 1 hour 20 minutes and is the best way to take in Huka Falls.
Staff on the cruise are very friendly and informative with loads of local knowledge from the amount of water cascading over Huka falls to what movies were filmed on the river where you are cruising. Located 12 minutes out of Taupo town, 12.6km from Taupo Information centre. Rotorua is not too far away, Aratiatia Rapids and a Huka Falls cruise is an easy half day trip if coming from Rotorua. 55km Rotorua to Aratiatia Dam/rapids, a pleasant 55 minute drive

Recent review…
Amazing trip totaly recomended for family and kids . better view to fall . These guys are professionals . Trip around 1.5 hour . They provide free tea & cofee for free during the trip and they go near the waterfall and you can see the jet plys around .

Huka falls only cruise boat is a must while visiting Aratiatia Dam. Prices are from $39, cruises depart 4 times a day.

Aratiatia Road
Phone: 0800 278 336 

Rapids Jet

Rapids Jet is Taupo’s Number 1 ranked jetboat experience (Check out Tripadvisor). Only a short distance from Aratiatia Dam makes it an easy choice for after viewing the dam opening. Locally owned and operated, the longest jetboat option around, the only Jet boat in New Zealand that goes through white water rapids, not to mention the cheapest!
Rapids Jet is located 3 minutes drive from Aratiatia Rapids, Nga Awa Purua Road. Call Rapids Jet today and make a booking, with Dam opening times you can see the Rapids on the way to your exhilarating Jet boat experience.

Recent review…
This was the absolute highlight of our three week holiday to NZ.
Stunning scenery, awesome staff and Simon, our jet boat expert gave us the ride of our life while making us feel safe at all times and pointing out interesting facts along the way. The photo package at the end was great value for money, amazing photos and a great reminder with the smiles plastered on all our faces.
This is a must do on your NZ holiday. The only regret you’ll have is not doing it!

Nga Awa Purua Road, (off Rapids Road)
Phone: 0800 727 437

Lava Glass

Lava Glass is located just 4 minutes drive from Aratiatia Rapids. This unique local attraction and Cafe is well worth dropping in on your way to viewing the Aratiatia Dam and Rapids or after.
Beautiful glass creations made by local Glass Blowing legend and owner Lynden Over. Visit and admire the glass pieces or take a tour and experience the Glass being made.
Lava Glass is open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week, tours need to be prebooked.
Lava Glass Cafe has excellent food and drinks available.

Phone: 07 374 8400

Taupo Must Do

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