Manapouri Power Station

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Water intake just behind boats
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Part of 2km tunnel
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Had to watch for traffic
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Huge turbine room
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Display of how plant works
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Our coach in the tunnel
The Manapouri Underground Power Station, at West Arm, is New Zealandís largest electric power station and is unique in that nearly all of it is built underground.  The visit included travel by coach 2km down the spiral tunnel, hewn from solid granite, to the immense machine hall.  There we learned how the Manapouri Power Station, located deep in the heart of the mountain, harnesses the energy of rushing water to generate electricity.

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