Power Systems Field Trip

About the trip

The annual North and South Island Field Trips take around 30 students each year - usually occurring in the UC mid-semester 1 break (April) - 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. 

South Island: This four-day trip departs for Southern Power Stations from Bluff to the Waitaki Valley.

North Island: This four-day trip visits Northern Power Stations and Energy providers. 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.

2021 field trip

Provisional dates for this trip are 12-15 April. Expressions of interest are open on UC Learn.

2020 field trip

The 2020 field trip was cancelled. A trip to Manapōuri Hydro Station for a small group of 3rd Pro EEE students takes place in November.

Past trips


The 2019 North Island Field trip took place between 8 and 11 April 2019. The group visited a large number of sites: Meridian West Wind, Wellington Electricity offices, Transpower Haywards Switchyard and Substation and Control Room, Mercury Whakamaru and Nga Awa Purua Power Stations, NZ Steel Mill, etc.

Thanks to Mercury and their partnership with local iwi, the group was privileged to visit and stay overnight at Tūrangawaewae Marae, one of New Zealand's most iconic marae. 


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).