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Name: Kahurangi Point Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Karamea, , New Zealand

Location: Northern end of the Karamea Bight on the northwestern tip of South Island.

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Photo: Paul W. Shirley
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Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


This lighthouse is located in Kahurangi National Park. The cast iron tower was manufactured by Judd's Foundry, Thames, New Zealand. The station was severely damaged during a 1929 earthquake. The light was semi-automated with the use of acetylene gas in 1926 and converted to electricity in 1967. The light is now solar powered.

Tower Height: 59

Height of Focal Plane: 154

Characteristic and Range: White flash twice every 15 seconds, visible for 11 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, conical cast iron tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1903

Date Present Tower Built: 1903

Date Automated: 1960

Optics: 1903: Second-order Fresnel lens; 1930: 800 mm drum lens (still in place); active Vega 250 optic is mounted outside the lantern.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Keepers: William Colley (1903-?), John Ansin (assistant, 1903-?), Henry Farrer (assistant, 1903-?), Hugh Jamieson (assistant, 1921-1926), Alva Page, (1948-1960)

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