Technical Tour

A two-day technical tour on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th February will take in 6 stops and spend the night in Taupō, located in the central North Island. An overview of the tour and details on each stop are provided below. Pricing will be advised in due course.

Technical Tour Overview

8amDepart Auckland
10amPacked lunch at Huntly Power Station Lookout
1.15pmTour of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
3.10pmTours of Wairakei or Te Mihi Power Stations
5.30pmArrive at Wairakei Resort Taupo (hotel)
Until 11.45amFree morning in Taupō (options include 9-hole golf, visit to Huka Falls or explore Taupō city)
11.50amBus departs hotel
12pmVisit to Huka Prawn Farm (prawn cultivation and fishing followed by lunch)
2.55pmViewing of Kairapiro Power Station
5.30pmArrive back in Auckland
Cost per person is $899.00 NZD. RSVP during registration.

Technical Tour Details

Huntly Power Station Lookout

The Huntly Power Station is the largest thermal power station in New Zealand and is located in the town of Huntly in the Waikato. It is operated by Genesis Energy Limited, and is capable of supplying over 31% of the country’s current electricity needs. The station has four operational generating units – two 250 MW coal-and-gas-fired steam turbine units, a 50 MW gas peaking plant, and a 403 MW combined cycle gas turbine plant. The station also plays an important role in voltage support for the Northland, Auckland and Waikato regions.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, known as ‘one of the most surreal places on earth’, is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colorful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity. The eruptions in Wai-O-Tapu aren’t like those for example in Hawaii, where molten lava flows into the ocean. They are mainly observed as gaseous expulsions from vents, cauldrons and colourful geothermal pools. The distinct sulphur smell, similar to that of rotting eggs will accompany you throughout your visit to this fascinating natural wonder.

Wairakei Power Station

Commissioned in November 1958, the Wairakei power plant is situated on the Wairakei geothermal system. Wairakei, the first geothermal plant of its kind anywhere in the world, is an iconic symbol of New Zealand’s electricity generation system. The Wairakei A and B stations have 10 steam turbines ranging in size from 4–30 megawatts (MW). The station’s capacity is 132 MW.

Te Mihi Power Station

Te Mihi geothermal power station is part of Contact Energy Limited’s dedication to providing New Zealander’s energy needs in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. Te Mihi uses heat from deep inside the earth to generate electricity. Te Mihi power station has a 166 megawatt (MW) of generating capacity, enough to power over 160,000 Kiwi homes and is located on the Wairakei geothermal field, northwest of Taupo.

Karapiro Power Station 

The Karapiro Power Station is a hydroelectric power station on Waikato River. Karapiro is 30 kilometres upstream from the city of Hamilton and is the last of the eight hydroelectric power stations on the Waikato River. Karapiro is a baseload power station, as it is required to maintain water flow in the lower Waikato River even during low inflows to the catchment and during low electricity demand. Like all of the hydroelectric power stations on the Waikato River, Karapiro is operated by electricity generator Mercury Energy.

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