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Name: Cape Kidnappers Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Napier, , New Zealand

Location: Hawke's Bay, east coast of North Island.

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Photo: Nancy J. Rau

Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


Cape Kidnappers was named by Captain James Cook in 1769 after the local Maoris tried to kidnap his Tahitian interpreter. Today there is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

Tower Height: 13

Height of Focal Plane: 367

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 15 seconds, range 8 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, square steel tower; no lantern.

This light is operational

Optics: 2002: Solar powered LED.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Gannet-watching tours to Cape Kidnappers are available; see or

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