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Name: Tuhawaiki Head Light  

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Also known as: Jack’s Point (Head) Light

Also known as: Tuhawaiki Point Light

Nearest Town or City:
Timaru, , New Zealand

Location: Southeast coast of South Island.

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Photo: Art Meyer

Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


This was a popular station for early keepers, and with hedge shelters was a proper garden lighthouse. Being close to the main south trunk railway line, nearly all the servicing was done by railroad. (Thanks to Paul W. Shirley.)

Tower Height: 29

Height of Focal Plane: 94

Characteristic and Range: White light, 2 seconds on, 8 seconds off.

Description of Tower: White octagonal cast iron tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1904

Date Present Tower Built: 1904

Date Automated: 1930

Optics: 1904: Fourth order Fresnel lens; 1930: 800 mm lens; now 250 mm optic.

Fog Signal: 1909-1913: Fog signal at nearby Patiti Point.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

The lighthouse is near the end of Ellis Road off NZ 1 south of Timaru.

Keepers: John Frederick Ericsen (1904-?)

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