Story: Taranaki places

Dam dropping, Waingongoro River

Dam dropping, Waingongoro River

Dam dropping is an adventure activity involving sledging over a river dam – in this case the old 5.5-metre hydroelectric dam on the Waingongoro River near Normanby. The dam and its generating station were commissioned in 1903, and were one of many such outfits established in Taranaki at the time. It ceased operating in 1967 after a flood seriously damaged the station.

Courtesy of Taranaki Outdoor Adventures

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Hāwera', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Sep 2016