The Aratiatia Dam walk is a very easy 55 minute walk over 1.2ks. Watch the spillway gates open for an exciting view of the rapidly flowing water, it’s great to see.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
There is no problem finding a carpark. You can park on both sides of the road. To find the track, cross over road so you are on the down side of the river. Look down river and 25Mt to your right is the track. If you can time your walk to 10am,12 pm 2pm you will see the floodgates open.
Now walk along this track for ten minutes then take the track to your left. This will take you down to the gorge viewing platform. 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm are the best times to see the floodgates open, in the winter the times are different. If you have time up your sleeve, go back to the turnoff and turn left and walk out to the lookout. This is about 20 minutes. This lookout was built by the power house workers, who lived right behind you. All you will see now is sealed roads and hectares of Blackberry’s.
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