The Manukau Heads Lighthouse is located on the Awhitu Peninsula on the south side of the Manukau Heads.
The lighthouse was originally built in 1874. It was demolished in 1986 and was rebuilt using the original plans and some materials from the original building, including the original 2.5 tonne dome. The restored lighthouse reopened in 2006 on its current location near to the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform.
It is approximately 45 minutes drive from Waiuku. It is well signposted from Waiuku.
The gates are open daily from 9am to 5pm. Entry is free but there is a donation box inside the lighthouse to assist with maintenance costs. Also when I visited there were souvenir tea-towels on sale for $15.
From the carpark it is short walk up around 120 steps to the lighthouse and a viewing platform. There are toilet facilities by the carpark.
The lighthouse tower is 240 metres above sea level. It offers views of the Waitakeres, Whatipu, Onehunga, Auckland city. On a clear day it is possible to see Mount Taranaki to the southwest.
It also overlooks the spot where 190 lives were tragically lost when the HMS Orpheus run aground on the Manukau bar in 1863.