amazing white water rapids
Aratiatia Rapids has been used in The Hobbit and Yogi Bear due to the fact the spillway can be turned from a dry gorge into a fast flowing waterfall which is manageable with a raft.
Aratiatia Rapids are formed when the dam gates of the Waikato River are opened a few times a day. The Waikato River falls 28 metres in the space of one kilometre. The surging rapids have been harnessed to produce environmentally sustainable hydroelectric power. Rapids Jet have helped crew with access in the past and are a great contact for the area.