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Wairakei Geothermal Power Station Visitor Center

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

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Interesting trip

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
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Whitby, Canada
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Stretton-On-Dunsmore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Pointe Claire, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Isn't it always the way that you didn't mean to turn in somewhere and all of a sudden you found a hidden gem...or as we call them Daddy detours......we drove into the parking lot for the Wairakai terraces and decided we didn't want to pay for this attraction given the rain and we noticed a small road off to the... More 

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marietta GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

if you are into geothermal energy ( i am HS earth science teacher) then it is great to stop and take a look at the facilities from teh viewpoint. no organized tour - just a drive through the property with some explanation signs at the viewpoint.

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Kota Kinabalu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Visited back in Feb 2014. Had a very educational trip. The road view to that place was awesome! Worth a visit and the staff at the station very informative in explaining all the function, safety and methods in use. With no background of engineering and technical that time, this trip had shown me lots of what is engineering all about.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

We drove through the power station land, looking at all the coils and pipelines and descriptions of how it all worked. This is a small but amazing piece of infrastructure.

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Gladstone, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Just goes to show there are countries on this planet that are utilising the planets natural resources without damaging mother earth. An impressive engineering undertaking. Hats off to the kiwis for keeping it clean.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

We went through the power station on a rainy overcast day. The view from the top of the lookout was amazing and interesting with all the aspects of the station pointed out. It is free activity with a bit of education for the kids

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