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Name: Portland Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Wairoa, , New Zealand

Location: Southern end of Mahia Peninsula.

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Photo: Art Meyer

Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


The 1878 lighthouse here was moved from its original location to the main street in Wairoa in 1955. A new light was put in its place and was maintained by keepers until 1982. The lighthouse, although far from the sea, is lit at night as a symbol of progress and development in Wairoa.

Tower Height: 25

Height of Focal Plane: 615

Characteristic and Range: Three white flashes every 20 seconds.

Description of Tower: Steel skeletal tower, white slatted daymark.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1878: White, hexagonal wooden tower, 28 feet tall (still standing).

Date Established: 1878

Date Present Tower Built: 1955?

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Keepers: Charles Robson (c. 1881), C. W. Skill (assistant, c. 1881), ? Edgar (assistant, c. 1880s)


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