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  Relaxing in Akaroa with lighthouse view.
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  • Relaxing in Akaroa with lighthouse view. - Akaroa
      Relaxing in Akaroa with lighthouse view.
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  • Glowing in the sun of spring. - Akaroa
      Glowing in the sun of spring.
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This hexagonal white wooden structure has not always been where you see it now. Only in 1978 it was shifted to its site at Cemetery Point, far behind the Town Wharf. For that purpose the lighthouse was cut into three pieces and transported down the narrow Lighthouse Road from its original site at the entrance of Akaroa Harbour. There it had been sitting 80 metres above sea-level for a hundred years.

The lighthouse was built in 1878 to 1879 and looks like many other lighthouses in New Zealand. The materials were brought by ship to Haylocks Bay, and hauled up on a purpose-built road to the top of the rugged headland. The lighthouse started operating on 1 January 1880, the keeper lived in an adjacent house. In 1977 the lighthouse was replaced by an automatic light, so it was relocated to Akaroa for decorative purposes. The position would be absolutely inadequate if the light of the lighthouse would have to be seen from the sea.

It is a 10 minute walk from the Town Wharf.

Photo 2 is a close-up of the lighthouse.

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  • Updated Sep 14, 2008
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