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17.11.22 WAITAKI DAM GUIDED TOUR [fully booked]

Updated: Nov 5, 2022

Update 5 Nov: This is now fully booked!

We are finishing off our public talk series with a bang! Join us for a guided tour of the Waitaki Dam led by Meridian Energy. This guided tour is available to a limited number of people for health and safety reasons. Register your place on this tour at

Please include your name, number of people in your group and contact details (including your mobile phone number). Wheelchair accessible, suitable for 14+ years where accompanied by an adult.

We are very fortunate that Meridian Energy has offered to open up the Waitaki Dam and guide a group through the historic area of the dam.

The Waitaki power station was the last to be constructed in New Zealand without modern mechanical equipment. Over half a million cubic metres of material was excavated, almost entirely by pick and shovel. The hydro station started generating electricity in 1935, with two 15 megawatt generators operating – enough to meet almost half of the South Island’s electricity needs at that time. Today, it has seven 15 megawatt generating units, totalling a generation output of up to 105 megawatts. Waitaki generates enough electricity each year for about 51,000 average New Zealand homes.

6 - 7pm Thursday 17 November, meet at Waitaki Dam Lookout (there are additional parking spots across the road by the Waitaki village)

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