New Zealand facts & history
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is small town by a hydro-electric
power station and the largest man-made
lake in New Zealand created by the dam
and a nearby mountain all bearing the
same name, given by the pioneer settler
Alexander McMurdo after his birthplace
Benmore in Scotland, in the 1850s.
It is the second largest hydro-electric
station in the country.
The dam is 110 m high from its base to the
crest which measures 610 m across.
It has been generating power since 1966.
A nearby station changes the AC into DC
current to feed it into an inter-island cable,
and after crossing Cook Strait it is
changed back to AC for the
North Island grid system.
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