Story: Volcanic Plateau places

Supplying the Wairākei power station

Supplying the Wairākei power station

Wairākei power station – New Zealand’s first, and still its largest, geothermal power station – was commissioned between 1958 and 1963. It is powered by steam from the Wairākei geothermal field, piped along the valley and across State Highway 1.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Wairākei to Ōhakuri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015