Lake Karapiro - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lake Karapiro

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Lake Karapiro in the Video tab.

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.

Related web links:
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