Aratiatia Rapids on the Waikato River – life in the simple lane

We have parked up on a pleasant spot , little bit out of the way perhaps , at an Equestrain Centre , plenty of room and we have it all to ourselves – good shower and ablutions block and all for $5 per person per day. Really very close to the Waikato River and all the tourist attractions suited for the mass market type tourist — ride the jet boat , Bunga jump off a great height — that type of thing. We have been making our own fun and today was no exception — we set off at about 10 am after I had finished my drone photo shoot of the rapid section and headed into Taupo on a series of MTB tracks. 

Blackberries are running wild hereabouts and are ripe and ready for the picking. We had a little expedition to get some for ourselves. Just so sweet and I couldn’t help reflect on the life in the slow lane . My only “worry” for the day was how many blackberries I really wanted.

Had a good ride , a lovely lunch in the ” Bike Cafe ” in Taupo that gives 10 % off the bill ” IF YOU ARRIVE BY CYCLE ”

How cool is that ! 

Vid from bike ride

Vid from Drone on Aratiatia Rapids


  1. The large plump Blackberries took me back to my childhood when as a family we would go to an old quarry hidden away in Mylor not too far from Hahndorf and spend the day filling a stewing pan full of Blackberries. Mum would then make Blackberry jam. Yum!

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