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Name: Cape Foulwind Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Westport, , New Zealand

Location: West coast of South Island, about 7 miles west of Westport.

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Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


Tower Height: 30

Height of Focal Plane: 231

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 12 seconds.

Description of Tower: White cylindrical concrete tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1876

Date Present Tower Built: 1926

Optics: 1876: Revolving second-order Fresnel lens. 1926: automatic acetylene-powered, 800mm Fresnel drum lens (now at Westport Coal Museum). Now Vega 250 flashing beacon mounted on the gallery.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

The lighthouse is near the end of NZ Route 67A and can be reached by walking about 1/2 mile from a parking area.

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