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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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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 1 week ago
Jen A
London, Ontario, Canada
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London, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Jen A
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Flicks88
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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

Thank Ian M
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 

Thank Baldbutsexy
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 

3 Thank goldsb
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.

Thank miwelsh
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.

2 Thank Michael-4551
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.

Thank marieatta_pman

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