Manukau Heads Lighthouse, Auckland Central

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#4 of 19 in Historic Sites in Auckland Central
Take in the spectacular views of Manukau Harbor from Manukau Heads Lighthouse, dating back to 1874. Lighthouses are typically difficult to reach in New Zealand, but visitors can park near this attraction and take a short set of stairs to the site. The wooden lighthouse was rebuilt in 2006 using pieces from the original structure. Bring your camera for amazing photo ops, and be sure to search the waters directly below, where the rare Maui's dolphin takes refuge. Consider leaving a donation to the lighthouse for maintenance fees. To visit Manukau Heads Lighthouse on your holiday in Auckland Central, and find out what else Auckland Central has to offer, use our Auckland Central trip itinerary planner.
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  • September 23, 2017
    When they say Manukau heads, its often the light house they refer to. So when you get to Manukau heads, don't wonder around but go to light house straight. You will see a gate for light house and sign...  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    Easy 1.5 hour drive from central Auckland. After leaving the motorway at Drury you see some beautiful rural countryside with some dramatic landscapes near the lighthouse. Just a 10 minute walk up to t...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Well restored and in commanding position overlooking Manukau Harbour entrance. Bleak and exposed if the weather is unpleasant. Quite a long drive from the city. 30 minutes to view the lighthouse, long...  more »
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  • July 29, 2017
    Worth the trip but be careful when driving as the road is very narrow and windy. Try to take some snacks, water and drinks as there aren't any place to stack up on food during the way. The gate to the light house closes at 5 and trip from Auckland city centre takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • September 23, 2017
    Good day trip if you are running out of things to do in Auckland - Ramanan Arampamoorthy When they say Manukau heads, its often the light house they refer to. So when you get to Manukau heads, don't wonder around but go to light house straight. You will see a gate for light house and signal station. Its a 2 min drive from gate and car park is often full during sunny days. There are horses nearby for you to pat as well. The climb up to light house is another few minutes and when you are at the top, you can go inside the light house or look at the inlet from the sea. On your opposite side is Waitakere ranges and city on your right- sky tower is visible on clear day. There isn't much walk if that's what you after but worth ticking it off if you live in Auckland. Drive is 1.5 hours and road is not as bad or narrow as you would drive to Coromandel. On the way back, you could go to Botanical gardens which is free. Ramanan Arampamoorthy
  • September 18, 2017
    Beautiful place a quiet bit of drive from Auckland but,worth it the landscape breth taking.
  • September 3, 2017
    The Manukau Lighthouse is very nice for a visit at least once. The views of Huia, Whatipu and the Waitakere Ranges is rewarding. The drive to the lighthouse however can be considerably boring given that it's the same farmland the entire time.
  • June 7, 2017
    Great views of the entrance to Manakau harbour. Well maintained lighthouse and lovingly restored by some of the locals. Great for day trip and a picnic basket.

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