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The Craters of the Moon, a steamfield close-by, created by the use of geothermal energy changing the underground pressure situation.

Wairakei is a small settlement, and geothermal area a few kilometres north of Taupo, in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, on the Waikato River. It is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone and features several natural geysers, hot pools. boiling mud pools, and the Wairakei Power Station, a major geothermal electric power generating station.

The station was the second large-scale geothermal facility worldwide, and was commissioned in 1958. It was listed in the book 70 Wonders Of The Modern World published in 2000 by Reader's Digest to record The Eventful 20th Century.[1]

Dragon's Mouth geyser

The settlement, referred to as Wairakei Village, was constructed to house the workers of both the power station and the neighbouring Aratiatia hydro power station.


Wairakei School is a co-educational state primary school,[2][3] with a roll of 353 as of March 2019.[4][5]

Notable people


  1. ^ Antony Mason, 70 Wonders Of The Modern World, ISBN 0-86449-376-2
  2. ^ "Wairakei School Official School Website". wairakei.school.nz.
  3. ^ "Wairakei School Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  4. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Wairakei School Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.
  6. ^ "Louise Rennison". Louise Rennison.

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Coordinates: 38°37?36?S 176°06?13?E / 38.626686°S 176.103491°E / -38.626686; 176.103491

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