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Wairakei Geothermal Power Station Visitor Center

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Address: SH1, Taupo, New Zealand
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+64 7 378 0254

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Nice drive around

This power station is vast with pipes extending like arches over the road way. It is a very interesting stop and does not take more then 15 minutes or so to drive through.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
Jen A
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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this some thing to see how they do with steam and make the power many time I been show around the place the guy told us around

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We struggled to find this place, the location according to trip advisor drops you about 10kms away so ignore it. On your satnav/google maps search for Wairakei terraces, turn left up this road and you will find the pipes that feed the main power station. This is the most interesting bit as you can't really see the main power station.... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This power station is vast with pipes extending like arches over the road way. It is a very interesting stop and does not take more then 15 minutes or so to drive through.

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Thank Jen A
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We didn't know you could drive up through the Wairakei Geothermal area, but we did and it was fantastic. Interesting to read about the thermal activity and the pipes and steam. Fantastic for photographs too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Stop on the way to to Taupo and is a short drive up to the view point. Don't think my wife was so impressed but enjoyed the view of the 5 km long pipes with steam coming from them.

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Thank 422iana
Mildura, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

It was interesting to drive to the top of the lookout and see all the pipes and infrastructure. not far of the main road so a quick drive in was worth it

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Stretton-On-Dunsmore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

What a remarkable visit this was. just follow the signs to "lookout". Steam from a deep underground lake is fed trough many bored holes and into tubes where it flies along at up to 200 kph ultimately generating power. All the bungy jumps and jet boats do not begin to approach this for interest and it is such a shame... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We drove down the road that runs through the power plant and had a little walk. I have never seen so much natural steam. The power plant consists of 5km of pipes with expansion areas and a number of well heads. There is a viewing area that is at the top of the hill, if you follow the road round.... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Took this tour with a large tour group. I did get a bit nervous traveling so far down to the station but glad we did the tour. Lots of places for photos as well.

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Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Visited Tuesday 6th September. We turned off the highway and followed the road as it wound it's way through the power station and up to the lookout. Great views down the valley where the power station is situated. And best of all it's free to do.

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