Clyde Dam Tours
Clyde Dam Tours
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10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular dam with a once-in-a-lifetime tour experience. We give you exclusive access to explore the mighty Clyde Dam inside & out. Take in the breathtaking views of the Clutha River as it roars through the sluice gates and discover the secrets of what keeps it all humming. Our local guides have fantastic knowledge of the dam & surrounding areas. With a maximum of 10 guests on each tour, you are guaranteed an up-close and personal experience that you will treasure for years to come.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sophie Gray
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clyde dam tour
    We loved the Clyde dam tour. Starting outside atop the dam the views were spectacular and once inside we were surprised to be able to actually enter the operations room and meet the crew running the shift, learn and see how power is traded live from inside the dam itself, before going deep into the inner workings of this marvel of engineering. Walking through the narrow concrete galleries to the turbines where you can feel the vibrations under your feet and see the scale of the machinery was impressive. We had the tour to ourselves as was late in the day but kids would likely enjoy it too. The guide was friendly and informative and it was a totally unique experience which we really enjoyed.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Roving07454125904
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NZ workmanship at its best!!
    Totally awesome, you don't realize how big the whole Dam surroundings are until you are down the bottom looking up. Fantastic guide Neil was just the right person explained every knock and crazy. Worth the experience and $$. Thank you Contact Energy. Huriana and Ritchie July 23.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Indulgenow
    Dunedin, New Zealand6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of the Clyde Dam - Another one of New Zealands best kept secrets we need to share
    Definitely a must do. It's not until you are up on the Dam you fully realize the size of it. From the top are great views towards Lake Dunstan and Clyde. The Dam is so wide. We went deep inside the Dam standing inside the walls of the dam it was 5.5 meters between us and Lake Dunstan and we were 49 meters below the lake surface. Really hard to imagine. In the control room we talked to an expert operator and were shown how electricity is traded and also how lake levels are monitored. We had Russell as our tour guide. So informative and knowledgeable. Lucky to be the only two on the tour. Kim was great to deal with making the booking process easy. Also making sure we had all the information required before we went on the tour. Well organized and worth the $$$$
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • lian06
    92 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good tour
    Thanks to Kim for arranging; Russell was our guide. Russell is a wealth of information about the dam, and anything related to it. Just 2 of us on the tour so great opportunity for Q&A. Thanks to Fred & Neville in the Control Room - my husband loved the chat. Yes this is worthwhile if you’re visiting Clyde.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 February 2024
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Glenn F
auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Having watched this huge dam being built is was super keen to go and see the turbine hall and the galleries inside the dam. My wife wasn’t keen but I reminded her how much she enjoyed the BMW factory in Munich. She agreed. She really enjoyed it. We saw the control room where the dams on the Clutha and the Hawea lake are controlled . We saw the electricity market in NZ running g live. The dam was as you’d expect . The engineering on the dam slip joint was awe inspiring considering its proximity to the alpine fault. Standing inside the turbine above the peloton was unexpected. Over all a good way to see a massive hydroelectric dam up close. Small group so really great, thanks Russell
Written 27 February 2024
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lian06
92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Thanks to Kim for arranging; Russell was our guide. Russell is a wealth of information about the dam, and anything related to it. Just 2 of us on the tour so great opportunity for Q&A. Thanks to Fred & Neville in the Control Room - my husband loved the chat. Yes this is worthwhile if you’re visiting Clyde.
Written 8 February 2024
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Climber45816266111
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Amazing to get up close to the dam. Guides very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. The 2 hours fly by.
Written 22 October 2023
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659barrieh
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Great tour to see behind the sences where your power comes from and what is involved in generating enough power for the demand. The guides are very knowledgeable about the history and the onsite staff are happy to explain the operation from the control room.
Written 14 September 2023
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Indulgenow
Dunedin, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Definitely a must do. It's not until you are up on the Dam you fully realize the size of it. From the top are great views towards Lake Dunstan and Clyde. The Dam is so wide. We went deep inside the Dam standing inside the walls of the dam it was 5.5 meters between us and Lake Dunstan and we were 49 meters below the lake surface. Really hard to imagine. In the control room we talked to an expert operator and were shown how electricity is traded and also how lake levels are monitored.
We had Russell as our tour guide. So informative and knowledgeable. Lucky to be the only two on the tour.
Kim was great to deal with making the booking process easy. Also making sure we had all the information required before we went on the tour.
Well organized and worth the $$$$
Written 9 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tour05818519431
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
IN A WORD IT WAS “GREAT”. WE HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF TWO GUIDES, NEIL AND GREG, GREG HAVING DECADES OF EXPERIENCE WORKING AT THE DAM SO COULD ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WE HAD NO MATTER HOW OBSCURE AND WE HAD LOTS OF QUESTIONS. THEIR ENTHUSIASM MATCHED OURS SO THE TOUR WAS MORE LIKE BEING WITH CLOSE COLLEAGUES THAN PEOPLE WE HAD NOT MET BEFORE.

THE BEST ASPECT OF THE TRIP WAS THE ACCESS WE HAD TO ALL ASPECTS OF THE DAM AND THE TURBINE HALL. WE COULD GET ALMOST WITHIN TOUCHING DISTANCE OF THE TURBINE ITSELF AND THE NOISE AND VIBRATION GIVES A FEELING OF THE POWER OF THE WATER BEHIND THE DAM WALL THAT CANNOT BE CONVEYED IN ANY OTHER WAY.

WE WALKED THROUGH THE GALLERIES INSIDE THE DAM AND LOOKED DOWN ON THE PENSTOCKS TO GET AN IDEA OF THE SCALE OF THE DAM.

WE TOOK SO MUCH LONGER THAN THE ALLOTTED TIME BUT NEIL AND GREG WERE VERY WILLING TO INDULGE OUR CURIOSITY AND WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR MAKING OUR TOUR VERY SPECIAL

BILL AND JAMES EASTWOOD
Written 19 July 2023
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Roving07454125904
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Totally awesome, you don't realize how big the whole Dam surroundings are until you are down the bottom looking up. Fantastic guide Neil was just the right person explained every knock and crazy. Worth the experience and $$. Thank you Contact Energy. Huriana and Ritchie July 23.
Written 13 July 2023
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Seaside24678823104
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
Felt the Power! ⚡
All mighty Clutha River flows through the magnificent NZ largest gravity feed hydro-electric Dam.
My tour guide was very friendly and easy to talk to & so passionate about sharing his knowledge.
Felt so privileged to have exclusive access to explore the Clyde Dam, both inside and out.
It was absolutely amazing experience!
Even seeing inside a working generator (Turbine Shaft) & talking to the expert operators in the control room was a highlight as well.
Definitely 100% worth it!!
Written 11 June 2023
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Sophie Gray
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We loved the Clyde dam tour. Starting outside atop the dam the views were spectacular and once inside we were surprised to be able to actually enter the operations room and meet the crew running the shift, learn and see how power is traded live from inside the dam itself, before going deep into the inner workings of this marvel of engineering. Walking through the narrow concrete galleries to the turbines where you can feel the vibrations under your feet and see the scale of the machinery was impressive. We had the tour to ourselves as was late in the day but kids would likely enjoy it too. The guide was friendly and informative and it was a totally unique experience which we really enjoyed.
Written 29 April 2023
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Glenda P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is an amazing tour of the dam. Deep inside, the turbines, the history. Best part is the control room. So interesting seeing all that is happening with electricity throughout NZ.
Written 24 April 2023
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