area's can be fantastically active with dazzling colours caused
by the different minerals and unusual algae's and mosses that
can grow in this environment.
are several geothermal power stations in the North Island
that use steam to generate electricity. Wairakei Power Station
- completed in 1958 - just north of Taupo was the only the second
geothermal powered station to be built in the world. The
bores that extract the steam from the ground are generally between
600 and 1200 meters deep. Wairakei produces approximately 3% of
New Zealand's electricity. Unfortunately the power station has
destroyed 2 superb geyser fields by lowering the water table.