ON the second day of the Garden Tour, after a great breakfast, we took a walk along the road. The motel we stayed in is behind the trees on the left. This is the Tongariro River which drains into Lake Taupo from the mountains of the central plateau; it is known for it's trout fishing.
As water leaves Lake Taupo it is funnelled through a narrow rocky ravine on it's way to the sea via eight hydro power stations.
The water going through here often approaches 220,000 litres per second, and can sometimes be 320,000. Scary!
From google: "The eight hydro dams along the
There is also a geothermal power station (Wairakei) next to the river and a coal -fired power station besdie and near the end of the river at Huntly that is brought into use from time to time.
It is fairly full at the moment because it's spring. In the autumn there is more of a fall because of the lower water level.
Here it comes ...
(Sorry I don't know how to make them side by side)
You can see the power station dam upstream and people standing on the bridge. You can see what a short distance it is from my vantage point to the dam.