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North Island

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is about ten km north of Taupo, sits an active volcanic fault that runs from White Island, in the Bay of Plenty through Rotorua, Taupo to Mount Ruapehu.
Wairakei's 'Geyser Valley' has been a tourist attraction since the 1880's.
Wairakei's geothermal station was the second in the world when it was opened in 1958.
The scheme is tapping the underground water system that is heated by very hot volcanic rocks, deep below the surface.
Drilling goes down to 600 metres, to fissures in the lower rock strata to obtain steam at the highest pressures.
More than 100 bores have been drilled, but not all produced economic quantities of steam.
Now there are many similar plants world-wide.

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