Down the Rabbit Hole

12/4/12 Today we took a long look at the Tongariro Power Scheme. We made our first stop at Tokaanu Hydro Station, where we learned about the difficulties of building and maintaining a hydro station without overusing or over-damaging the ecosystem. Our lecture at...

Power and Class

12/3/12 Brand new week, brand new day, and a brand new adventure. Today, we have a lot of power plant visits and lectures ahead of us. Should be a very interesting day. First stop today was the Ohaaki Power Station. Ohaaki Power Station is a Geothermal station capable...

The Importance of Conserving (my) Energy

Today we had a free day, a fantastic thing to follow and 11 mile hike the day before (…and a Saturday night!). We decided to spend our time wisely. While here in New Zealand, we’ve been studying a great deal about energy conservation, so with all of the...

These Boots were Made for Hiking…

…aaaand that’s just what they did. Today we hiked Mt.Tongariro, which starts at 1,886 meters, up to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Mt. Tongariro sits directly next to the famous, Mt. Doom. Our hike was 11 miles long, in total, 5.5 miles in each direction....

High Voltage

After a very educational evening in Hamilton, we travelled to the Huntly Power Station on our way to Taupo. Huntly is a power station which runs primarily on coal (about 90%) and natural gas. In a place like New Zealand, let alone the north island, coal and natural...
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