Sunday, 11 February 2018
Sunny day at the Whakamaru Dam
On our travels last weekend we stopped at a nearby lake and drove across the Whakamaru Dam. This baby is hydro-electric and owned by Mercury Energy.
It began being built in 1949 and took 3 years from start to finish. Power is sent from via 220 kv lines to the Bay of Plenty (where we live), Hawkes Bay, Manawatu and Hamilton.
Apparently there are some walking tracks around this area where people have sighted such birds as fantails, grey warblers, waxeyes and tuis.
The control center for the North Island of NZ was first established in 1964 and continued to operate until a replacement facility was found in Hamilton in 1992.
In 2013 a project was started to refurbish the turbines and generators. In 2016 the equipment arrived and was installed in 2017.
Along with ducks and swans this is a perfect place to fish for brown trout that average around 1.5kg.