MANAPOURI POWER STA­TION

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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.

See re­aljour­neys.co.nz

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