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Wairakei Geothermal Power Station

SH1, Taupo, New Zealand
07 378 0254
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Ranked #18 of 27 attractions in Taupo
Type: Educational Sites
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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The power station is very interesting and you are able to drive all the way through it - quite good to do in the winter. It might be that there are guided tours or similar during other months - worth checking the web site or information centre for this.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Come for the 2-hourly gate opening. 10, 12 and 2 in winter, to see the torrents of water fill up the previously mirror-like pool beneath the dam with surging milky-blue turbulent water.

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Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
32 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is a road which winds through the thermal power station up to a look out at the top of the road. It was not clear as we drove along the road and few times we nearly turned around - but we pushed on and under various pipes forming bridges over the road. At the top you get a good... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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265 reviews 265 reviews
133 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

There seems to be a lot of powerful stuff going on here. Plenty of impressive infrastructure, random puffs of steam and even a bit of power generated here.

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Lansing, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
85 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 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
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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