Power Systems Field Trip

The annual North and South Island Field Trips take around 30 students each year to see the inner workings of NZ hydropower stations, wind farms, geothermal and co-generation plants, as well as some key consumers. EPECentre Power Systems Field Trips are continuously rated by students as the best at UC, giving insight and bringing to life learning in true context. Seats on the trips are limited and in high demand. The trips are open to Electrical Engineering students.

South Island: This four day trip departs for Southern Power Stations usually occurring in the UC mid-semester break. We visit stations from Bluff to the Waitaki Valley.

North Island: This four day trip visits Northern Power Stations and Energy providers, usually occurring in the UC mid-semester break. The trip starts in Wellington where we visit wind farms and the northern terminal of the inter-island HVDC link, as well as geothermal stations, and finishes at Huntly to examine a thermal power station.


The 2019 North Island Field trip will take place between 8 and 11 April 2019. The group will visit a large number of sites (Transpower, Mercury, Meridian, etc). Students can express their interest on UCLearn (EPE Centre Field trip). If you can’t see it in “My Courses”, please contact us at info@epecentre.ac.nz.


The 2018 South Island Field trip took place from Tuesday 17 April to Friday 20 April 2018. The students from Engineering Intermediate to Third Pro visited a large number of sites (Alpine Energy, Tiwai Smelter, Meridian White Hill Wind Farm, Transpower Benmore HVDC site, Meridian Benmore Power Station and Ohau/Pukaki reservoirs, and Tekapo A power station).


The 2017 North Island Field Trip took place in July 2017. The students visited a large number of sites (Transpower, Mercury Geothermal and Hydro, Meridian, WEL Networks, Huntly, NZ Steel).