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Pencarrow Lighthouse

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Business Type: Tower height: 17 metres

Overview

Most Unique Lighthouse. Pencarrow is unique in that it was the first permanent lighthouse built in New Zealand and was operated by the first and only female lighthouse keeper....

Address: Muritai Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand Wellington & Surrounds

Description

The light at Pencarrow Head had guided ships into Wellington Harbour before Baring Head Lighthouse was built.

First lit in 1859, the Pencarrow Head Lighthouse was the first major lighthouse to be built in New Zealand. It was the first permanent lighthouse built in New Zealand and was constructed from sections of cast iron that were shipped from England.

Its first keeper, Mary Jane Bennett, was the first and only female lighthouse keeper in New Zealand.

The light was often shrouded by low fog so a new tower was constructed on the beach in 1906. Originally the tower was a open steel frame but it was incased in concrete and increased in height in the 1930's. The old Pencarrow light was extinguished when the Baring Head light started operating. The old tower is still used as a day mark on the coastline.

Access to the lighthouse is an 8km walk from the roads end at Burden’s Gate past Eastbourne.
The path is unpaved but flat most of the way following the coastline, rising steeply at the end to follow a narrow track to the lighthouse. This is a rugged environment – be prepared – check the weather conditions.

You will be rewarded by stunning views at the end around the Wellington district.

Locations

Eastbourne Wellington New Zealand
Access to the lighthouse is an 8km walk from the roads end at Burden

Photo Gallery

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