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Manukau Heads Lighthouse

Manukau Heads Lighthouse -- Looking towards the East

Manukau Heads Lighthouse -- Looking towards the East

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At the highest point (about 240 metres) on the southern promontory guarding the entrance to the Manukau Harbour stands the Manukau Heads Lighthouse. This is a replica, opened in 2006 after efforts by local enthusiasts, and placed on a vantage point for the benefit of visitors. The views are superb, across the expanse of the Manukau Harbour to the east, the Waitakere Ranges to the North, the Harbour mouth with its treacherous sandbar but also Ninepin and Paratutae Islands towards west, and rolling pastures to the south.

Between 1874 and 1986 a succession of lighthouses operated in the vicinity, their importance underlined by the worst maritime disaster in New Zealand, when in 1863 HMS Orpheus sank with the loss of 185 lives, as it attempted to cross the bar into the harbour.

Nowadays, Port Onehunga near the upper end of the harbour serves coastal shipping, and ships are guided through the bar by radio contact from the adjacent signal station.

Gates to the lighthouse are open daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Gold coin donation appreciated. The Guiding Lights provide a professional guide service if required (phone (09) 235 1458 or

Manukau Heads Lighthouse

Manukau Heads Lighthouse


  1. Wow…fantastic photos.Such brilliant colours and so clear.Wonderful landscape!Your photos all stunning!

  2. Great views, I like the lighthouse even if it is a copy and great setting and foliage around it. Thanks for sharing:)

  3. So exotic to my eyes! I’d love to be there!

  4. It’s a beautiful spot there. What a great view of the surrounding landscape and sky. Enjoy the day.

  5. What marvellously blue skies and a perfect shot of the lighthouse!

  6. Beautiful setting–I visited New Zealand 20 years ago and found it to be one of the most diverse and beautiful places in the world. Would love to go back. Great photos. Mickie

  7. very nice lighthouse and photos and a wonderful sky

  8. What a gorgeous place to be.

  9. I like the composition with the plants at front and the mountains way back. Gives a great perspective. Also nice to se some green……

  10. Although this is a replica, it is still most beautiful, and a fitting tribute to the lighthouses that once served this harbor. I’m so glad you posted it today and that I came to visit. ~karen

  11. Blue and green are wonderful together, this pic is perfect with the white lighthouse.

  12. Wonderful photos, makes me want to get on a plane and come visit.

  13. Terrific lighthouse and your photos are brilliant.

  14. Well I would never have thought that this lovely lighthouse was a modern replica. Oddly I have just finished reading a book The Lighthouse Stevensons about the remarkable family of Scots who made it their life’s work to create the early lighthouses that dot the coast of Scotland and indeed much further afield.

  15. @Paul: interesting, there is also a connection to NZ: James Balfour was an employee of Stevensons and was appointed on their recommendation to the position of Marine Engineer to the Otago Provincial Government (Dunedin, 1863).

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