Bastia Hill Water Tower Whanganui

Bastia Hill Water Tower

Fabulous Architecture From 1927

It may not be as popular as its flashy cousin – The War Memorial Tower – over on Durie Hill, but the Bastia Hill Water Tower is another part of Whanganui’s heritage worth checking out…

Designed to reflect the arched aqueducts and towers of the water supply networks of ancient Rome, the tower was built in 1927 to service both Bastia and Durie Hill. There are three floors – not only for access – but also to stop the outer columns from bowing outwards under the weight of the water in the top tank, because 2000 tonnes of water is fairly heavy!

With the large Christmas star which can be seen at night throughout much of the city, it is a bit more ‘bling-bling’ than the Durie tower.


Bastia hill water tower


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    Rome Sweet Rome

    Designed to reflect the arched aqueducts and towers of the water supply networks of ancient Rome.

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    A Big Tank

    The tank holds 546,000 litres of water, and weighs 2000 tonnes when full.

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    The Dome

    The large dome which covers the tank was assembled on the ground and lifted up with electric hoists.

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13 Bastia Ave
Bastia Hill
Whanganui 4500
0800 92 64 26
15 minutes
Free!

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