Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

February 18, 2011

Manukau Heads Lighthouse

Filed under: Awhitu,Buildings,Clouds,Sky — paul @ 7:11 am
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!

    Comment by Steffi — February 18, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  2. Nice shots!! The colors are so vibrant

    cheers from Uruguay

    Comment by Gabriela Abalo — February 18, 2011 @ 9:03 am

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

    Comment by Jane — February 18, 2011 @ 9:32 am

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

    Comment by EG Wow, Canada — February 18, 2011 @ 10:45 am

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

    Comment by Linnea — February 18, 2011 @ 11:12 am

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

    Comment by Lady Fi — February 18, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  7. 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

    Comment by Mickie Brown — February 18, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

  8. very nice lighthouse and photos and a wonderful sky

    Comment by Bram — February 18, 2011 @ 8:36 pm


    Comment by Jidhu Jose — February 18, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  10. What a gorgeous place to be.

    Comment by Kerry — February 18, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

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

    Comment by Christina, Sweden — February 18, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

  12. 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

    Comment by kaholly — February 19, 2011 @ 6:41 am

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

    Comment by Carola — February 19, 2011 @ 8:39 am

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

    Comment by Two Barking Dogs — February 19, 2011 @ 10:33 am

  15. Terrific lighthouse and your photos are brilliant.

    Comment by J Bar — February 19, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

  16. 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.

    Comment by Paul — February 21, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  17. @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).

    Comment by paul — February 21, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

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