The private Water Works Company (WWC) was formed in 1864 and Ralph Donkin became the project designer. Built from local stone and 'puddled' clay, the reservoir officially opened on 9 December 1867 with much fan fare. Only to be closed down when the free flowing water burst a water main.
Eventually the project did supply drinking water to Dunedin, which at the time was mutating in size thanks to the immigrant “diggers” who had caught the gold rush madness. For the record, School Creek Waterfall may look Au Natural, but it was actually hand made when Ross Creek was diverted during the construction process.
You can enter the tracks from Burns or Tanner Roads, or lower Glenlieth next to the Top 10 Holiday Park. Geoff and I really stretched our legs by walking through the Woodhaugh Gardens and up the narrow rock canyon to the lake, which made for a peaceful afternoon, surprisingly close to the centre of the city.