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Wairakei Geothermal Power Station

SH1, Taupo, New Zealand
07 378 0254
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Ranked #20 of 24 attractions in Taupo
Type: Educational Sites
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Lansing, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We planned to go to the power station, on the belief that there was a tour. But we were told that there are no tours, so I don't know what there is to see.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

It is amazing to be able to see the powerstation and the drive up to the look out.. It was awesome.. the downside was that there was rubbish all over the carpark

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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173 reviews 173 reviews
78 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Since visiting the thermal region and all thermal parks we also wanted to have a guided tour of the thermal power plant. However this required booking one day ahead , NZ$ 180 and another NZ$20 per hour. For only two persons that was very expensive and there was no group reservation we could join. We took the road and visited... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Wairakei Geothermal Power Station is worth seeing, it is free and is the first commercial geothermal power station in the world. There are some explanatory boards that explain the process. It is not very enthralling for young children.

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Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

My host at Twynham bed and breakfast in Kinloch gave me a tour of the geothermal station. Elizabeth used to work there and was a wealth of knowledge. I really enjoyed the visit and finding out more about this area. Well worth a visit and there is a small visitors centre.

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Reporoa, l, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

wow.huge place and we got to go inside to see where it all started and to view photos of all the infrastructure they have done.an absolute amazing wealth of knowledge the guide had to share with all the kids and parents.fabuous experience thank you x

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Manila, Philippines
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

There are tours but they are privately book at least a day in advance and very expensive $185 base plus $40 a hour for your guide. You can ask at the visitor info center in Taupo if you’re interested. It is too bad as it would be a great place to teach people about geo thermal power.

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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Couldn't find the tour- asked around and locals said no longer exist. And the tourist centre has been closed for a while.

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wairoa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Wairaki is aworking thermal power station. the guide was pleasant and knowlegable. If you don't like noise don't visit but if you do visit you will learn a lot about the commodity that we take for granted

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

My son is into power stations, pipes, steam, drains etc so what better way kill a number of birds with one stone! Its aneasy drive from rotorua and just off the main state highway -you cant miss it as its certainly visible from the road. There is an easy drive all the way up to the lookout with photo opportunities... More

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