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Waipapa Point Lighthouse

Waipapa Point Road, Invercargill, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 23 Attractions in Invercargill
Type: Lighthouses
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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Brisbane, 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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Singapore, Singapore
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37 attraction reviews
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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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17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The weather was not kind the day we were there but you expect lighthouses to be exposed to the weather. There is a shelter at the carpark with good toilets. The shelter also has the fascinating history of this area -the tragic loss of life from wrecks before the lighthouse was built. It also has information about the wildlife. There... More

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mold
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

so we didnt get close to it read the informative information boards and got a distant photo good car parking and rest rooms

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 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... More

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 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.... More

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