Maritime New Zealand
Waipapa Point was the site of New Zealand’s worst shipwreck. On April 29, 1881, 131 people died when the passenger steamer Tararua was wrecked on a reef off the point.
Tower Height: 43
Height of Focal Plane: 69
Characteristic and Range: Five white flashes every 20 seconds, visible for nine nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White, octagonal wooden tower.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1884
Date Present Tower Built: 1884
Date Automated: 1976
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
Keepers: ? Ericson (1884-?), James William Nicholson (?-1903, died in service), Hugh Jamieson (1928-1931)