Wairakei Steam

I don’t know how many times I’ve driven past Wairakei over the years but as we left Gary and Diannes place this time and we had  plenty of time, I thought we’d get a closer look at where some of our power comes from.

The plumbing undera bridge and the steam
The plumbing undera bridge and the steam

After taking a couple of wrong turns and ending up at a  semi rural café and camping ground down a dusty road and getting rafe all covered in muck and another turn ending up at a Contact office block, we found the Lookout road alongside a BP service station. There is very little to say where the lookout is but the road leads along fences, past lots of expensive looking plumbing and you end up driving up a hill to the lookout. Well worth the effort.

A panorama from the lookout. Click on this for more detail.
A panorama from the lookout. Click on this for more detail.

I took a few piccies and we were on our way.

From the lookout of the Bores
From the lookout of the Bores

Amazing to think that all that heat comes out from under our feet and creates our power or at least some of it.

2 thoughts on “Wairakei Steam”

  1. Did the same thing mid Jan while staying at the airport site (without the detours). I was reminded that the large concrete vertical pipes are just silencers and do not go all the way down. Also the field not running full tit as it is summer and less demand for power, my guess only.

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