Film: Queen's visit to Waitomo Caves and Karapiro, 1954

Film clip: visit to Waitomo Caves and Karapiro

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Royals climbing steps in bush Entering Waitomo Cave Karapiro damn

The royal couple walk through the bush and up into the caves. Then we cut to the hydro dam powerhouse where the couple are shown how it all works.


‘That New Zealand’s interest is not confined to history and [?] alone the Queen is now to discover for herself as she explores Waitomo. We follow her as she reaches its famous limestone caves - a strange ageless world draped in a delicate tracery of stalactites, perhaps the finest spectacle of her entire Commonwealth tour.

The Karapiro Dam is an example of state hydroelectric enterprise, one of ten great stations planned for the harnessing of the Waikato - the dominion’s longest river. One million horsepower is the ultimate aim. The Duke sums it up accurately in sign language’. [shows Duke demonstrating rushing water. ]

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