Nugget Point Lighthouse
Nugget Point lighthouse. Rocky islets (The Nuggets) can be seen beyond the point.
|Location||Nugget Point, South Island, New Zealand|
|Year first constructed||1870|
|Year first lit||1870|
|Tower shape||Cylindrical tower|
|Height||9 metres (30 ft)|
|Focal height||76 metres (249 ft)|
|Range||20 kilometres (12 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 12s|
The lighthouse was built from 1869 to 1870 and first lit on 4 July 1870. The tower was constructed from locally quarried stone.
In 1901 Walter Hutton Champion was the lighthouse keeper along with his wife Alice.
Originally, the lighthouse was powered by an oil burner. In 1949 the oil lamp was replaced with an electric 1000 W lamp powered by a local diesel generator. The generator was replaced in the 1960s by a connection to the mains grid although the original lens for the light remained in place and continued to be used.
The light was fully automated in 1989 and is now monitored and managed from a Maritime New Zealand control room in Wellington. In 2006, the original light was replaced with an LED beacon, powered by mains and backed up by battery.
An easy 20 minute return walking track leads from the car park at the end of The Nuggets Road to a viewing platform right next to the lighthouse overlooking "The Nuggets". The lighthouse itself is fenced off.
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