Aratiatia Rapids is one of the most popular natural attractions in the North Island. Thousands of litres of rushing water creating a spectacle popular with visitors to Taupo. A unique display of man vs nature. Aratiatia Dam opens every day for around 15 minutes. The water is released from the Aratiatia Dam down through the Aratiatia Rapids. The Rapids is believed to have been created from a volcano. The name “Aratiatia” means “stairway of Tia”.