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Waitaki Hydro Station Lookout
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Out for a drive

Enjoyed the views. Would of liked more information about the plant. Not alot of signage as to where... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2020
Waimate, New Zealand
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Great views to see

Do stop at the lookout we had a clear sunny day and the view is great powerful and scenic. The... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2019
Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Pleasant stopover travelling from Kurow to Otematata in North Otago, next to Lake Waitaki. Lookout offers a stop for motorists and bicyclists with a great view of the dam and station. Good for photographs.
Waitaki Power Station, built 1928-34, is the oldest of the eight
hydro-electric stations on the Waitaki River and its headwaters.
It was the second State-built power station in the South Island. The
first was at Lake Coleridge in Canterbury (begun in 1911 and first
operated 1914), In preparation for construction, a railway line was built from the
railhead at Kurow and five kilometres of the main Kurow-Omarama
highway were rebuilt to allow for the formation of the lake.
The station was the last to be built without modern mechanical
equipment - some 560 000 cubic metres of material were excavated
almost entirely by pick and shovel. It was completed in 1934 and the first two generating units (15 megawatts each) commissioned the following year. The station then supplied almost half the South Island's electricity needs. Two more units were added between 1940 and 1941, and in 1949 a fifth unit was added, bringing the station to its originally planned 75 megawatts. In 1954, following completion of the Tekapo and Pukaki water storage projects, the station was extended by the addition of two more units, bringing it to its present capacity of 105 megawatts.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Earl S
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