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this was one of the last two wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand.The lighthouse was automated and keepers withdrawn in 1975.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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  • The lighthouse can be reached by a dirt road. The 1884 Lighthouse is massive and not particularly nice but paesaggioche around him is wild and breathtaking. Also if you are lucky you can see sea lions on the beach than in the meadows around the lighthouse. In the parking lot there are toilets.
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  • It is no big place but it is place without many people. There is sea lions and nice trees. It is no proplen go with car. 
  • We were very lucky to see sealions at this beach. One seemed so used to humans that it almost seemed to pose for photographs. It was amazing! It's a drive off the Southern Scenic route but well worth ...  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.