Cape Campbell Lighthouse

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Cape Campbell Lighthouse
Cape Campbell Lighthouse.jpg
Location Cape Campbell, South Island, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°43.8′S 174°16.5′E / 41.7300°S 174.2750°E / -41.7300; 174.2750Coordinates: 41°43.8′S 174°16.5′E / 41.7300°S 174.2750°E / -41.7300; 174.2750
Year first constructed 1870
Year first lit 1870
Automated 1986
Construction Cast Iron
Tower shape Cylindrical tower
Markings / pattern White and Black
Height 22 metres (72 ft)
Focal height 47 metres (154 ft)
Range 35 kilometres (22 mi)
Characteristic White FL(1) 15s
Admiralty number K4274

Cape Campbell Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Cape Campbell in the Marlborough region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is owned and operated by Maritime New Zealand.

The original lighthouse at this site was first lit on 1 August 1870. However, this lighthouse was constructed of timber, and in 1898 these timbers were found to be decaying. This led to the construction of the current cast iron tower, which began operating in October 1905.

The light was originally fuelled by oil. In 1938 the oil lamp was replaced with an electric one powered by a local diesel generator. This was subsequently replaced by a connection to the mains grid in the 1960s. The light was fully automated in 1986 and is now managed from a control room in Wellington.


Information plaque on the Cape Campbell Lighthouse.