Pencarrow Head Lighthouse

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Pencarrow Head Lighthouse
Pencarrow Head, Wellington, New Zealand from Santa Regina, 24 Feb. 2007.jpg
Upper light (decommissioned in 1935) and lower light (still in use)
Pencarrow Head Lighthouse is located in New Zealand Wellington
Pencarrow Head Lighthouse
Location Pencarrow Head
North Island
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°21′32″S 174°51′00″E / 41.358845°S 174.850110°E / -41.358845; 174.850110Coordinates: 41°21′32″S 174°51′00″E / 41.358845°S 174.850110°E / -41.358845; 174.850110
Year first constructed 1859
Year first lit 1859
Deactivated 1935
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)[1]
Official name Pencarrow Lighthouse (Former)
Designated 18 March 1982
Reference no. 0034
Pencarrow Sector Light
Coordinates 41°21′33″S 174°50′53″E / 41.359268°S 174.847975°E / -41.359268; 174.847975
Year first constructed 1906
Construction concrete tower
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.
Admiralty number K4006
NGA number 4588
ARLHS number NZL-039[2]

Pencarrow Head Lighthouse is a decommissioned Lighthouse at Pencarrow Head in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand.[3] 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[edit]

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.

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  1. ^ "Pencarrow". New Zealand Lighthouses. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of New Zealand: North Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Pencarrow Lighthouse (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 

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