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Name: Waipapa Point Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Invercargill, , New Zealand

Location: Foveaux Strait.

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Photo: Art Meyer

Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


Waipapa Point was the site of New Zealand’s worst shipwreck. On April 29, 1881, 131 people died when the passenger steamer Tararua was wrecked on a reef off the point.

Tower Height: 43

Height of Focal Plane: 69

Characteristic and Range: Five white flashes every 20 seconds, visible for nine nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal wooden tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1884

Date Present Tower Built: 1884

Date Automated: 1976

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Keepers: ? Ericson (1884-?), James William Nicholson (?-1903, died in service), Hugh Jamieson (1928-1931)

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