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“pity it was cordoned off for safety”

Waipapa Point Lighthouse
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532 reviews
246 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“pity it was cordoned off for safety”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

so we didnt get close to it

read the informative information boards and got a distant photo

good car parking and rest rooms

Visited April 2014
Thank chris c
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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“Accessible History”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Only a short drive off the main road, and an easy walk to view, this wooden light house stands out as a NZ historical emblem of a growing country and how they solved the issues of the day.
On the beach and in fact on the steps leading up to the light house, fur seals in their natural state, the pristine coast and endless sea.

Visited April 2014
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Biggar, United Kingdom
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“Dramatic setting for photography”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

From Fortrose it’s 16km along the coastal route to get to Waipapu Point, the final 4km of these being on an unsealed road but if you’re visiting The Catlins this is a worthwhile detour which can also take in Slope Point the most southerly point on the South Island a short drive away, plus Curio Bay with it‘s fossilized trees.

There is plenty of parking at Waipapu and a modern building which has information displayed about the area and also houses the toilets. The toilets are clean and have running (cold) water but I don’t think the latter would be suitable for drinking. My wife was laughing when she emerged from the “ladies” commenting about the wind she had experienced in the cubicle - I think she was referring to the gale force which was hitting the coastline and whistling through the building.

We were almost being blown off our feet - “bracing” may be one way to describe the conditions. Even the sea lions were sheltering behind the rocks which was a bit of a surprise for us when we ventured onto the beach to get another angle to photograph the lighthouse. The lighthouse isn’t open to the public. We looked around a bit and retreated to the car just in time before it started to rain.

I suppose it’s just your luck what you may experience here. The same day, further along the coast it was quite calm and the next morning quite pleasant weather wise. If you go prepared for 4 seasons in a day you’ll probably be fine and seeing it as we did makes you appreciate why it is located here - there has been at least one notable shipwreck when 131 were killed in 1881.

Visited November 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice scenery”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Not a lot here apart from the scenery and the lighthouse which is nice and worth a trip on a sunny day but can be a bit windy

Visited December 2013
Thank belly5uk
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Essex, United Kingdom
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“Saw a sea lion on the beach”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Very atmospheric location - loved the glimpse of wildlife; and appreciated the raw, natural beauty on every hand. Note this is NOT the most southern point of South Island - go along the coast to Slope Point to tick that box!

Visited March 2014
Thank Roy and Sarah C
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