NZFBI Field Day: Manapouri Hydro Power Station

NZFBI Field Day: Manapouri Hydro Power Station

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The Power of Water: Electricity Generation and Supply

Manapouri, the largest hydro station in New Zealand, is located on the edge of Lake Manapouri’s West Arm in Fiordland National Park, which has World Heritage status.

The hydro station is located underground, with the station’s generating units housed in a cavern excavated from rock 200 metres below the surface of Lake Manapouri.

The power station has seven 122 megawatt generating units, with an operating maximum station output of 800 megawatts. It generates enough electricity each year to supply the electricity needs of about 619,000 average New Zealand homes.

This field day, presented by Meridian Energy and sponsored by Real Journeys, will look at the process of generating electricity from Lake Manapouri and transmitting electricity to Tiwai Point through Transpower’s national electricity grid.

The field day will include an overview of the firefighting procedures and systems in place to preserve the power station in an emergency event, plus a visit to Deep Cove, the outlet of the power station’s two tailrace tunnels.

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit one of the most remote yet nationally significant pieces of infrastructure in New Zealand!

Programme (subject to change)

0800    Registration at Te Anau Fire Station

0830    Depart from Te Anau Fire Station

0900    Depart from Pearl Harbour for West Arm

1000    Arrive at West Arm, site tour of powerhouse and generation hall begins

1200    Lunch

1300    Depart for Deep Cove, site tour of tailrace tunnel outlet

1500    Arrive back at West Arm, depart for Pearl Harbour

1600    Arrive at Pearl Harbour

1630   Arrive at Te Anau Fire Station / Conclusion of Field Day

DRESS CODE: Level 1 Overalls, fully enclosed boots, safety glasses.

What you'll learn

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Download the Manapouri Hydro Power Station Field Day poster (PDF, 737KB)and display it on your brigade's noticeboard.


Manapouri Power Station


NZFBI Manapouri Field Day Poster
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