Pencarrow Head Lighthouse
Upper light (decommissioned in 1935) and lower light (still in use)
|Year first constructed||1859|
|Year first lit||1859|
|Construction||cast iron tower|
|Tower shape||tapered octagonal prism tower|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern, black lantern roof|
|Height||11.5 metres (38 ft)|
|Focal height||108 metres (354 ft)|
|Official name||Pencarrow Lighthouse (Former)|
|Designated||18 March 1982|
|Year first constructed||1906|
|Tower shape||octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern|
|Height||17 metres (56 ft)|
|Focal height||18 metres (59 ft)|
|Characteristic||Fl (3) RW 12s.|
Pencarrow Head Lighthouse is a decommissioned Lighthouse at Pencarrow Head in the Wellington Region of the North Island of 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 decommissioned in 1935 when it was replaced by the Baring Head Lighthouse and offered to Heritage New Zealand in 1966. The lighthouse is now registered as a Category I Historic Place.
Pencarrow Sector Light
A new low level lighthouse was commissioned in 1906 due to the problem of the high level lighthouse being frequently obscured by fog and cloud. This lighthouse is still in use.
- "Pencarrow". New Zealand Lighthouses. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of New Zealand: North Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
- "Pencarrow Lighthouse (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
- Lighthouses of New Zealand Maritime New Zealand
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