Skip to content

Document library

Document library Wonderful Water Walks : A history of water supply dams in the Wellington Region

Publication details back to Document library
  • Parks & recreation > Areas
  • Title Wonderful Water Walks : A history of water supply dams in the Wellington Region
    Document Download
    Date published 1 November 2001
    GWRC Publication No WRC/PFSM-G-01/57
    Abstract Part of the Wellington Regional Council's Regional Outdoors programme
    this four page leaflet gives a brief history of the Wellington Region's water
    supply dams.

    Dams have played a central role in the development of water supply in the
    Wellington area. The Regional Council’s bulk supply system
    encompasses three water sources and modern treatment plants, a
    network of pipelines and enclosed reservoirs, to ensure the supply needs
    of each city are met. Only one of the dams is now part of the regional water
    supply system, the others have been retired for various reasons.

    The leaflet covers:

    Karori Water Supply Scheme : Wellington’s first public water supply dam
    was completed in 1874. It was hailed as a long-term solution to the city’s
    water problems. Just four years later however, there were severe water
    shortages in the city.

    Wainuiomata / Orongorongo Water Supply Scheme : In 1878 the
    Wainuiomata Valley, 27 km from Wellington, was chosen and land was
    purchased to secure the catchment area.

    The Hutt River Scheme : The Hutt River was recommended for a water
    supply in 1929, but development was delayed in favour of cheaper
    artesian sources beneath the Hutt Valley. An eight metre high weir was
    built on the river at Kaitoke in 1954.

    The Korokoro Dam : Completed in 1903 and, as far as is known, New
    Zealand’s first concrete gravity dam. The water supply from the dam was
    discontinued in 1962 but the dam remains as a focal point in the Belmont
    Regional Park.

    The Birchville Dam : The second arch dam built in NZ. It was made of
    unreinforced concrete and was built in 1930 for water supply to Upper Hutt
    Related publications
    Title Published
    Regional Outdoors Summer Events in Wellington Regional Council Parks and Forests 2001-02 programme
    Read more
    1 October 2001