Nugget Point Lighthouse, Ahuriri Flat

Nugget Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Nugget Point in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is owned and operated by Maritime New Zealand.
The lighthouse was built from 1869 to 1870 and first lit on 4 July 1870. The tower was constructed from locally quarried stone. The lighting apparatus that was installed had come to New Zealand on the same ship as the lighthouse designer James Balfour in 1863 and was originally intended for the lighthouse at Cape Saunders. With the project on Otago Peninsula experiencing many delays, the lighting apparatus was used at Nugget Point instead.
In 1901 Walter Hutton Champion was the lighthouse keeper along with his wife Alice.
Originally, the lighthouse was powered by an oil burner. In 1949 the oil lamp was replaced with an electric 1000 W lamp powered by a local diesel generator. The generator was replaced in the 1960s by a connection to the mains grid although the original lens for the light remained in place and continued to be used.
The light was fully automated in 1989 and is now monitored and managed from a Maritime New Zealand control room in Wellington. In 2006, the original light was replaced with an LED beacon, powered by mains and backed up by battery.
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  • The lighthouse is just an old lighthouse, not very different from other lighthouses along the coast. The trail to the lighthouse is interesting and offers great views. Not far from the lighthouse, 50 ...  more »
  • The way there is worthwhile. Not only the walk to the lighthouse is very nice, but also on the way you can take a break on the beach. We were there on a sunny, windy day and the colors are fantastic. Great view and was not as crowded as many other tourist spots. The way is possible with a stroller and in about 20 minutes you are at the lighthouse.
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  • Access to the lighthouse is via a well formed path by the side of the hill, sheer drops on your left hand side. The sheer drops down makes it rather nice for spotting the seals sunbathing down below. The Nugget Point Lighthouse is not a majestic lighthouse, but the view as you make the last turn around the light house is just pure breathtakingly beautiful, especially on a day with clear blue skies. Pack your picnic snack to spend some time here and take in the scenery while trying to spot the seals down below.
  • Love visiting lighthouses around NZ. Saw fur seals (or may have been sea lions) on way to lighthouse and stunning views of the southern ocean once their. Great trip from Invercargill through the Catlins to get there. Lots of photo stops there and back. Great day out!
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