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Lighthouses of New Zealand

Lighthouses of New Zealand

Created by Eric on 27/10/2010
Updated on 15/06/2012
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Special Thankyou to Tim Harrison from http://www.lighthousedigest.com/
for their permission to use information and Photos from their Website

*** Do not use any information contained in these placemarks for your own personal navigation. While every endevour has been taken to ensure the exact location, errors can happen. If you are going boating please contact your local Marine authority for your own local area. Also have life jackets aboard for the number of persons on board ***

Locations in these placemaks are taken from files dated 11th November 2005 from
North Island Lights info used from.... Link

South Island Lights info used from.... Link

Chatham Island Lights info used from.... Link

This site contains a PDF File that all the Codes used in the placemarks mean.. Link

Other reference websites..Lighthouse Digest

An Introduction to the Lighthouses of NZ.. Link

Maritime NZ Lights Location Map.. Link

Historic lighthouse Profiles Link

Location of Classic Lighthouses owned and Maitained by Maritime NewZealand... Link

Lighthouse Directions

New Zealand Lighthouse List .. Link

Cape Brett Lighthouse (1910) was the first lighthouse fitted with a mercury float.

The first lighthouse to be automated was Bean Rock Lighthouse. In 1912 it became the first New Zealand light to lose its keeper.

Bean Rock (1872) and Ponui Passage (1871) were the only wave washed lights in New Zealand.

Pencarrow Lighthouse (1859) was the first permanent lighthouse to be built in New Zealand. It was also the first light to be equipped with an explosive fog signal in 1898.

The first lighthouse keeper in New Zealand was a woman a Mrs Bennett, stationed at Pencarrow Lighthouse.

All major New Zealand lighthouses are painted white with three exceptions. Cape Campbell and Dog Island are both painted in black and white stripes, with Cape Palliser painted in red and white stripes.

Dog Island Lighthouse is tallest lighthouse in New Zealand at 36 metres (118ft).

Stephens Island Lighthouse at 183m above sea level is the highest lighthouse in New Zealand.

The first lighthouse built by the Government was Tiritiri Matangi in 1865. Kaipara North Head Lighthouse (1884) was the last wooden lighthouse to be built in New Zealand.

The first cast iron lighthouse constructed in New Zealand was Cuvier Island Lighthouse in 1889.

Cape Reinga (1941) was the last manned light to be constructed in New Zealand.

Dog Island (1865) was the first New Zealand light to be built with a successful revolving light.

Napier Bluff (1873) was the first light to use gas as lantern fuel. It was built as part of the local jail and the wardens were employed as lighthouse keepers.

Manukau Heads (1874) was the first light to be fitted with “Captain Doty’s patent” paraffin burners instead of colza oil burners

The first light to be powered by electricity was Baring Head Lighthouse built in 1935.

In 1965 Tiritiri Matangi Lighthouse was fitted with a xenon lamp making it one of the most powerful lighthouses in the world. This lamp shone at 11 million candle power giving it a visibility of 58 miles (92.8 kms).

Tiritiri Matangi Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in New Zealand.

The last lighthouse keeper in New Zealand was withdrawn from The Brothers Lighthouse in 1990.

With the withdrawal of the last keeper in 1990 New Zealand became the first country in the world with a fully automated network of lighthouses and beacons.

By: NormB


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