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Wairakei Geothermal Power Station Visitor Center

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Sh1, Taupo, New Zealand
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All reviews follow the road lookout point wairakei terraces the main road short drive steam coming thermal activity worth a visit field power harnessing generated turbine viewpoint vents information
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

From Wairakei Drive (SH5) Wairakei Road is signposted, beside the Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa. A signpost on the corner has LOOKOUT on it (and also NO EXIT). Take note of the warning to turn car lights on because of the steam coming from...More

Thank Doreen B
Reviewed 1 September 2018

We drove through this site and saw stem gushing from vents and kms of pipes. We also drove to an area above the power station where we could view the whole place and take photos. It's free and well worth stopping to view.

Thank MikeL5544
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We only got to see it from outside as it was closed for the day. You may check the opening hours before going there. When we arrived was about 2 pm on a Saturday and it was closed. Or, you may organise it through the...More

2  Thank Ali R
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Took a school group to visit the power station. The staff were fantastic and provided a lot of information about how the station operated. Very interesting and lots of great learning!

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 9 July 2018

It only takes a few minutes to drive through this very interesting feature to a viewpoint at the top, but it's certainly worth it. You can read at the viewpoint how it all works. Truly amazing. We were just waiting for James Bond to appear...More

Thank IvanNewZealand
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

I have never seen such an intricate set up harnessing natural energy. Fascinating. And it was done 60 odd years ago. Ingenious!

Thank Wayne L
Reviewed 25 March 2018

Well worth stopping the car at a couple of the public viewing spots and taking a look at the convoluted pipes that run through the countryside. Lots of steam hissing and on some days growling out of the overflow vents making huge white fluffy clouds...More

1  Thank Allgoodthyngs
Reviewed 19 January 2018

It does not take long to get there and en-route you can see all the pipes and steam and when you get to the top, not only are there awesome views but you can see the amazing maze of silver pipes in various formations. It...More

Thank limeclaw
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

A nice short detour from the main road. Good views of the infrastructure from the access road. Nice view of the field from the lookout at the top.

Thank Fovant2014
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Wonderful drive through steam and pipes, a free place and not well advertised in the area, it is a drive to a lookout with lots of information but feels like an alien world.

Thank Catherine D
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