Waipapa Point - Lighthouse

Point of Interest

4.9 from 18 users.


211 Waipapa Lighthouse Road, Otara, South Island.



Waipapa Point marks the scene of New Zealand's worst civilian shipwreck. On 29 April 1881, 131 people were drowned when the passenger steamer Tararua was wrecked on a reef off the point. After the shipwreck a Court of Inquiry, investigating the loss of the Tararua, recommended a light be erected on the point. A wooden tower and houses for three keepers and their families were constructed. The light was lit for the first time on New Year's Day in 1884. The lighthouse is all that remains of the original light station. The keepers' houses and associated buildings have been removed. There is no public access to enter the lighthouse.

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Lat: -46.660139 Lng: 168.847091

User Reviews



Loved the windswept trees and the little lighthouse. Giant sea lion on the beach rolling around. Definitely worth stopping for a little stroll.



The lighthouse is beautiful and so is the view


I'm Hungry

Beautiful light house, not a soul except one big sea lion on the beach


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