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this was one of the last two wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand.The lighthouse was automated and keepers withdrawn in 1975.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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  • Great stop on the southern route towards Curio Bay, there are several seals to be spotted and the ocan views are beautiful. Take 30-60 minutes for this stop 
  • We went here twice, once early in the morning and saw sea lions both times, plus sea birds and also a bunch of rare Stewart Island shags 
  • From the gravel road in which we lucky enough to run across a husband and wife team transferring sheep from paddock to paddock. Finally arrived at the lighthouse which was stunning and met some gorgeo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great view. It will be much better if there aren't that much dust on the road...
  • Sea lions in the wild. Amazing
  • Beautiful area. Worth stopping to see if you're on the southern scenic route. Always a few sea lions around.
  • I wish to visit this place.