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Waipapa Point Lighthouse

Address: Waipapa Point Road, Invercargill, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 24 Attractions in Invercargill
Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
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Sydney, Australia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A windy point with a now closed up lighthouse. However there were sea lions on the beach, and a very good walking track from the car park to the beach - Yes worth the trip !

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Clinton, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Climbing the steep hill to the lighthouse in a car made us sympathetic to those folks who walked up. The lighthouse does offer a grand view to Stewart Island, the third large island that makes up the bulk of New Zealand.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The one-hour drive from Invercargill was really worth it. We were very fortunate to see three sea lions. One was on the beach, while the other two were on the grass. The view was also spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This light house is well worth a visit it is a very beautiful rugged location and a must for its wildlife. Waipapa point is famous for seals an sea lions plus lots of sea birds, I doubt that there are many places you can see seals and sea lion so close but make sure you don't get to close!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There were 3 sea-lions sleeping on the beach when we arrived. We stuck around until the incoming tide hit one of the bulls. After he got up and "walked" along the beach to where the other bull and a cow were sleeping, we were treated to a great display of interaction between these magnificent beasts. An amazing experience to see... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you have not seen a lighthouse earlier then this is the place to do that. Likewise for seals. Nice place to spend half an hour. Take the coastal route from fortrose. Quite well marked. Last 4 km is gravel road. Can be extremely windy. Veiwing seals is quite a certainty. The views itself are very nice. There is the... More 

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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

during the southern-scenic route tour, there are two most famous lighthouse u cannot miss, one of them is the Waipapa Point Lighthouse. it's a few distance away from the main road, we got there using 15mins by car. but not hard to find.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

On a winters afternoon with wind blowing a southerly buster it was stunning. Cold though but coastline amazing with seals sitting on the beach. Sunset was great.

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South Africa
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184 reviews 184 reviews
43 attraction reviews
375 helpful votes 375 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

visited the place before sunset with the full moon rising. It was magic light and a cold yet very moving moment for me.. what a beautiful calm ocean with purple sky and the full moon rising in the horizon. It was 3 decrees but I never felt the cold, I was enchanted by pure beauty and well being with the... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A beautiful wooden lighthouse, historic treasure of the south, marks the site of NZ's worst civilian shipwreck, the Tararua, in 1881. The rocky reefs with their plentiful food attract massive sealions - on most days a visitor can see from 2-10 animals snoozing or interacting on the sand, or in the marram. The rocks on the west side reveal fossilised... More 

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