"Bucket Fountain, colourful Display in Cuba Mall" Top 5 Page for this destination Lambton Quay & Downtown Tip by Kakapo2

Lambton Quay & Downtown, Wellington: 7 reviews and 12 photos

  A little bit of splashing from sugar scoops.
by Kakapo2

The Bucket Fountain is the best-known feature of Cuba Mall, the pedestrian part of Cuba Street. It was installed in 1969, after the tramway lines had been removed from the street.
The fountain was designed by the architects and town planning consultants Burren and Keen, and consists of sugar scoop-like tipping buckets.

The buckets are smaller than you would expect, and the water splashes less at unprepared tourists than you would hope ;-) With its bright yellow, red and blue buckets it looks a bit like a kids playground feature. At least, I had expected much more action and splashing after having read all the exciting comments about it in guide books and on the internet. Every time we passed there I stayed quite a while because I thought I had probably not waited long enough for the scoops and buckets to fill and tip ? but no, my expectations had just been too high.

The operating system is simple: Water flows up through tubes into a water tank, and when the top buckets fill they tip water into the lower buckets or scoops.

The fountain is located on Cuba Mall, between Dixon and Ghuznee Streets.

Address: Cuba Mall, between Dixon and Ghuynee Streets
Directions: In the central city

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 16, 2008
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