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this was one of the last two wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand.The lighthouse was automated and keepers withdrawn in 1975.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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  • Naturally the lighthouse is right at the coast and has great view of the waves breaking on the rocks. It was quite windy on my visit, so I did not stay long. Note that access is over a gravel road onl...  more »
  • The lighthouse has been repainted since the photo shown. Lovely piece of history and wonderful views. Sealions sunbathe on the beach below. Sand dunex close by. Worth a stop.  more »
  • Clear day but awfully windy. We went up to fate, then on the beach. They said some sea lions, but we thought it was impossible to meet given the number of tourists. Instead, here they are! Three specimens, one large and two smaller, peacefully asleep on the seashore. seeing them was really a strong emotion. This is a magical place for the panorama, for meetings, for the power of nature that is felt everywhere.
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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.