Story: Hydroelectricity

Roadside Stories: Lake Karāpiro

Today a world-class rowing venue, Lake Karāpiro was created in 1947 when the Karāpiro hydroelectric dam was completed on the Waikato River. The lake flooded the site of an 1830 battle between two Māori tribes and the Horahora power station – the first hydroelectric station on the river.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Lake Karāpiro. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

John E. Martin, 'Hydroelectricity - National hydro system', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35238/roadside-stories-lake-karapiro (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by John E. Martin, published 11 Mar 2010