MANAPOURI POWER STATION
Australia may have the Snowy Mountains Scheme, but it ain’t got nuthin’ like Manapouri. Considered to be NZ’s greatest engineering feat, Manapouri is the country’s largest hydro-electric power station and is built almost entirely underground.
Seasonal tours (November to April) take visitors across Lake Manapouri (part of the Fiordland World Heritage Area and awe-inspiring in itself ) to a visitor centre.
From there, a coach heads down a 2km spiral tunnel to the power station’s vast machine hall. It’s like a mad collaboration between Dr Evil from the Austin Powers movies and the MONA dude in Hobart, 200m inside a granite mountain.