Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga is the most northern point of the North Island open to the public.  It is where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet.

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Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) is also the point where Māori spirits return to Hawaiki, their ancestral homeland. For this reason, eating is not permitted at Cape Reinga.

A sealed walkway heads from the carpark to the iconic lighthouse and yellow direction signpost. The walkway is suitable both prams and wheelchairs. There are panels along the walkway providing history on the area.

The lighthouse was constructed in 1941 and was the last manned lighthouse to be built in New Zealand. It was manned by a person until 1987. It now fully automated and operated remotely from Wellington.

Cape Reinga is 1 hour and 30 minutes drive north of Kaitaia.

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Brockton Point Lighthouse

Brockton Point Lighthouse is located on Brockton Point on the north side of Coal Harbour.

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The point is named after Francis Brockton, who was the engineer aboard the HMS Plummer. In 1859 Captain Henry Richards found coal in Vancouver and named the area Coal Harbour and the point after the ship’s engineer.

The first lighthouse at Brockton Point was constructed in 1890. The current lighthouse was built in 1914 and officially retired from service in 2008.

Majority of visitors will encounter the lighthouse on eastern side of Stanley Park when cycling, running or walking the Stanley Park Seawall.

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Manukau Heads Lighthouse

The Manukau Heads Lighthouse is located on the Awhitu Peninsula on the south side of the Manukau Heads.

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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.

Manukau Heads Lighthouse

Manukau Heads Lighthouse

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.

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Views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse balcony

Akaroa Lighthouse

The Akaroa Lighthouse is a historic Akaroa landmark.

Akaroa Lighthouse

Akaroa Lighthouse

The six-sided wooden lighthouse was originally located on the Akaroa heads at the entrance to Akaroa Harbour. The lighthouse was built in 1878-9. The tower was 28 feet (8.5 metres) high. The light itself was 270 feet above sea level. The light, which first shone in January 1880 was visible 37 kilometres (23 miles) out to sea.

The lighthouse was replaced by an automatic light in 1977. A volunteer community group formed the Akaroa Lighthouse Preservation Society and brought the lighthouse for $1. It was cut into three pieces and reassembled at Cemetery Point (now known as Lighthouse Point) on the 4th October 1980.

It is open to visitors on Sundays weather pending from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm or by prior arrangement.

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Views from Akaroa Lighthouse

Views from Akaroa Lighthouse