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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lake Karapiro. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Today a world-class rowing venue, Lake Karapiro was created in 1947 when the Karapiro hydroelectric dam was completed on the Waikato River. The lake flooded the site of an 1830 battle between two Māori tribes, and of the Horahora power station -- the first hydroelectric station on the river.

Rowing in New Zealand,


Mighty Waikato,

Empire games rowing at Karapiro,


Waikato River,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Lake Karapiro - Roadside Stories