About Lake Karapiro New Zealand
Picturesque Lake Karapiro is one of fairest rowing courses in the world and is the last of 8 hydroelectric power stations on the mighty Waikato River New Zealand that has its origins at Lake Taupo and ends its journey at the Waikato Heads south west of Auckland. The lake regarded as one of New Zealand's best rowing venues hosted the World Rowing Championships in 1978, the 1950 British Empire Games and the 2010 World Rowing Championships. Lake Karapiro and Domain have ‘raised’ many Olympic rowing Champions and is home to water sports, cycling, beach volley ball and athletic events held throughout the year.
Lake Karapiro, New Zealand
Lake Karapiro is an artificial reservoir lake on the Waikato River, 30 kilometres (19 mile) south east of the city of Hamilton in the North Island of New Zealand. The lake was formed in the 1940's by damming the Waikato River to store water for the 96 megawatt Karapiro hydroelectric power station.
A FISA inspection panel had visited Lake Karapiro venue and said in its report that it was one of the fairest courses in the world they had seen and that the lake was one of the most picturesque in the world.
'Kara' means stone, 'piro' means evil-smelling. According to legend, Karapiro was the stronghold of the chief O-Te-Ihingarangi, and was where the Ngati Haua and their Tauranga allies made a defensive pact during the land wars of 1864.
The 96-megawatt Karapiro Power Station is located adjacent to the dam at the head of the lake, and is the eighth and last hydroelectric power station located on the Waikato River. Water for the power station up to 362 cubic metres per second (12,800 cu ft/s) at full power, is taken from the lake and passed through three Kaplan turbines in the powerhouse, before being deposited into the lower Waikato River. Each turbine turns a 32 MW generator, and the electricity from the generators is fed into Transpower's national transmission grid. The station is a base load generator due to its need to maintain water flows into the Waikato River system beyond the lake.
The ten-megawatt Horahora Power Station at Horahora, 10 km upstream of Karapiro Dam, part of an earlier hydroelectric power scheme, was flooded with the formation of Lake Karapiro.
CLUBS & ORGANISATIONS
Lake Karapiro is a popular recreational lake well known for its rowing events. However many people also enjoy kayaking, wakeboarding, skiing, swimming, fishing, boating and yachting on the lake. Sporting and recreation clubs are situated along the shore of the Mighty River Domain.
The domain is also host to triathlons, duathlons and long distance swimming races. Every Wednesday night in summer there is a triathlon and duathlon run by the Waikato Cycling Sports Academy that anyone can enter. It is for all ages and fitness levels.
Here are some more activities in the area:
Waikato River Trails
The Waikato River Trails are one of the 18 Great Rides under Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.
Experience Māori culture at Lake Karapiro
Visitors at the 2010 World Rowing Championships got an authentic taste of one of New Zealand’s most significant Māori cultural and historic regions - all without leaving Lake Karapiro’s shores.
The jewel in the crown of Cambridge & Lake Karapiro Region (part of the Waipa District), is Lake Karapiro our international World Class water sports venue, offering 7.7 square kilometres of flat water for canoeists, water-skiers, yachties, boaties and of course rowers. The area has undergone a multi million dollar upgrade due to the World Cup Rowing Championships in 2010. A must for all to view!
Lake Karapiro Domain is only 6 kilometres south of Cambridge in New Zealands' North Island and only 2 km off State Highway1. Lake Karapiro is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the lake and surrounding scenery. There is a boat ramp at the domain that is open for public use during the year unless there is a lake closure due to an event.
Lake Karapiro is famous for rowing and has been the training ground for many of New Zealand's top rowers. There's always something new to try at the Lake though, and many school groups take the opportunity to enjoy some great sporting education. Corporate groups utilise the Lake's facilities for team building exercises, including the high ropes challenge, orienteering, sailing, kayaking, rowing, ecology and equine trips. With several walking tracks nearby, the area is ideal for tramping during the cooler months.