Waitaki is a hydro station located in the Waitaki Valley, North Otago, New Zealand.
It has six 15 megawatt generating units, with a seventh back in operation in 2016, totalling a generation output of up to 105 megawatts. Waitaki generates enough electricity each year for about 51,000 average New Zealand homes.
Waitaki was constructed by manual labour as a ‘make work’ project during the Depression of the 1930s. Meridian is investing more than $40 million on a four-year project to refurbish the Waitaki dam and power station.
An aerial view of the Waitaki hydro station and dam.