Water Tower

101 Doon Street, Invercargill

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    Copyright: Shellie Evans - flyingkiwigirl. Taken By: Shellie Evans - flyingkiwigirl. Date: 1/01/2014.
  • Water Tower.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Chris Horwell. Date: 11/10/2012.
  • Water Tower. Structure detail.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Chris Horwell. Date: 11/10/2012.
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List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 394 Date Entered 22nd November 1984 Date of Effect 22nd November 1984


City/District Council

Invercargill City


Southland Region

Legal description

Pt Gardens Reserve opposite Blk LVIII Invercargill Town


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Completed in 1889 the Invercargill Water Tower was designed by William Sharp, a former PWD engineer who settled in Invercargill after being retrenched. Built of brick the tower stands 31.5m high and is a most impressive element in the townscape.

The square base has a hexagonal shaft which in turn supports the cylindrical water tank. The original structure had a striped cupola of ogee section giving an elegant cap to the tower. Removed in 1934 because of deterioration there are plans to have it replaced. A feature of the tower is the superb brickwork rich in detail and ornament. This striking element in the townscape forms a landmark in the flat terrain the more remarkable for being one of the outstanding industrial monuments of the country.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1889 -

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.