Waipapa Point Lighthouse, Invercargill

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Waipapa Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located at Waipapa Point, Southland, New Zealand. It was first lit on 1 January 1884.The lighthouse was built in response to the wreck of the passenger steamer Tararua on reefs off Waipapa Point on 29 April 1881, with the loss of 131 lives. With its sibling, the retired Kaipara North Head lighthouse, this was one of the last two wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand.The lighthouse was automated and keepers withdrawn in 1975. It has been solar powered since 1988. A new LED beacon was installed externally on the balcony of the lighthouse in December 2008. Restoration work conducted in 2008 ensured it was weatherproof and secure from vandalism.
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  • April 23, 2017
    Visited the Saturday of Easter Weekend and very excited to see the Waipapa Point Lighthouse with scaffolding around it - hope Trip Advisor changes the pic once it is done up. Have visited before and s...  more »
  • April 20, 2017
    After a short drive down a gravel road you'll come to the lighthouse parking area, all for free of course, along with wheelchair accessible toilets. From the car park it is just a few minutes walk to ...  more »
  • April 18, 2017
    Wouldn't have been the southern most point of the South Island if not windy and wet, but worth the 20 minute drive from Invercargill. Good walking track from the sign post and can access by car.  more »
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  • We came across 3 sea lions playing on the beach just beside the lighthouse. Careful walking around the grassy dunes near the lighthouse, I noticed sea lions sleep there and you could suprise one.
  • Interesting more from an historic perspective rather than the views, which are OK. You can watch sea lions here on the beach sometimes. The road to the lighthouse is a gravel road. There's a building with restrooms (also a separate restroom for wheelchairs) and it also has a couple of signs on the history of the lighthouse. The lighthouse platform is also accessible by wheelchair through a ramp.
  • The lighthouse is under construction at the moment, but we saw sea lions down the beach and a large group of pied shags. There's a shelter and a toilet at the carpark.
  • Sea lions are just stunning...
  • Great view. It will be much better if there aren't that much dust on the road...

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