Story: Waikato region

Waikato hydroelectric power stations

The potential of the Waikato River for hydroelectricity generation was exploited from the early 20th century, but particularly from the 1940s. By 1970 there were eight dams on the river between Lake Taupō and Karapiro, near Cambridge.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Energy and forestry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/27148/waikato-hydroelectric-power-stations (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015