East Cape Lighthouse

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East Cape Lighthouse
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East Cape Lighthouse
East Cape Lighthouse is located in New Zealand
East Cape Lighthouse
New Zealand
Location Otiki Hill, East Cape
North Island
New Zealand
Coordinates 37°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 constructed 1900
Year first lit 1900
Automated 1985
Construction cast iron tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern roof
Height 15 metres (49 ft)
Focal height 154 metres (505 ft)
Light source mains power
Range 35 kilometres (22 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 10s.
Admiralty number K3932
NGA number 4436[1]
ARLHS number NZL-020
Managing agent Maritime 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of New Zealand: North Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ East Cape Lighthouse Maritime New Zealand
  3. ^ East Cape Lighthouse, NZLive.com. Updated 30 August 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b c East Cape Lighthouse, Maritime New Zealand. Retrieved 1 December 2009.

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