Ross Creek Reservoir

Maori Hill (off Burma Road)
Helensburgh, Otago
Still working today, this nineteenth century water supply dam was opened in 1867. The photograph shows the valve tower.

A network of tracks provides a range of walking opportunities; some suitable for walking with buggies and wheel chairs)

The circuit walk: Start at Malvern Street, just after the Leith Valley Touring Park. (If you stay there, the walk starts across the bridge.)

This walk is a small gem: only a 10 minute drive from the city centre and you are walking through bush filled with birdsong. And there’s the bonus of doing a circuit of one of the two remaining 19th Century dams still in use.

The track takes you uphill with Ross Creek on one side and an impressive rock face on the other to the reservoir. As you follow the path around it, you can enjoy the surrounding trees and glimpses of the jetty and attractive valve tower.

Marker posts dotted around the track are a puzzle: they’re connected to orienteering courses in the area.
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  • Valve Tower at  Ross Creek Reservoir
    Valve Tower at Ross Creek Reservoir
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