East Cape Lighthouse

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East Cape Lighthouse
East Cape Lighthouse.JPG
East Cape Lighthouse is located in New Zealand
East Cape Lighthouse
New Zealand
LocationOtiki Hill, East Cape
North Island
New Zealand
Coordinates37°41′20.2″S 178°32′53.3″E / 37.688944°S 178.548139°E / -37.688944; 178.548139Coordinates: 37°41′20.2″S 178°32′53.3″E / 37.688944°S 178.548139°E / -37.688944; 178.548139
Year first constructed1900
Year first lit1900
Constructioncast iron tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern roof
Tower height15 metres (49 ft)
Focal height154 metres (505 ft)
Light sourcemains power
Range35 kilometres (22 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 10s.
Admiralty numberK3932
NGA number4436[1]
ARLHS numberNZL-020
Managing agentMaritime New Zealand[2]

East Cape Lighthouse is a lighthouse sited on Otiki Hill[3] above East Cape, the easternmost point on the North Island of New Zealand.[4] It is owned and operated by Maritime New Zealand. The lighthouse was originally constructed on nearby East Island. However the island was difficult to access (four men died during tower construction when their boat capsized)[4] and proved to be susceptible to earthquakes and subsequent landslips. In 1920 a decision was made to relocate the light to the mainland and in April 1922, the light was extinguished and then relit at its current location in December of that year. Originally manned by three lighthouse keepers, the light's staffing was progressively reduced until it was fully automated in 1985.[4] It is now controlled from the Maritime New Zealand headquarters in Wellington. While the area around the light is accessible by foot, the lighthouse itself is not open to the public.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of New Zealand: North Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ East Cape Lighthouse Archived 14 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine Maritime New Zealand
  3. ^ East Cape Lighthouse[permanent dead link], NZLive.com. Updated 30 August 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b c East Cape Lighthouse Archived 14 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Maritime New Zealand. Retrieved 1 December 2009.

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