Cape Maria van Diemen

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Cape Maria van Diemen
Cape Maria von Diemen (zoom) .jpg
Cape Maria van Diemen
Geographical location
Cape Maria van Diemen (New Zealand)
Cape Maria van Diemen
Coordinates 34 ° 29 ′  S , 172 ° 39 ′  E Coordinates: 34 ° 29 ′  S , 172 ° 39 ′  E
location Far North District , Northland Region, North Island
Waters Tasman Sea
length 660 m
width 550 m
height 88 m
Cape Maria von Diemen - Info Board.jpg
Information board at the entrance to Cape Reinga with a view of Cape Maria van Diemen

Cape Maria van Diemen is a cape in the Far North District of the Northland regionon the North Island of New Zealand .

Origin of name

The cape was given its name in 1643 when the Dutch navigator and explorer Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand and named the cape after the wife of the governor of the Dutch East Indies , Antonio van Diemen .


Cape Maria van Diemen is located around 6.5 km southwest of Cape Reinga and around 9 km northwest of the end of Ninety Mile Beach . The cape is the westernmost point of the Aupōuri Peninsula . Upstream of the cape in a north-westerly direction is the island of Motuopao Island, around 350 m away, and to the east of the cape, Te Werahi Beach extends over a length of 5 km in a north-easterly direction. The cape is connected to the beach by a sandy headland.

The up to 88  m high cape can be reached via the Twilight / Te Werahi Loop Track , an approx. 14 km long circular hiking trail that leads from New Zealand State Highway 1 on the one hand to the west over sandy dunes directly to the cape and on the other hand over the Maungatiketike Point can be hiked.

Cape Maria van Diemen Lighthouse

The Cape Maria van Diemen Lighthouse , which was built between 1877 and 1879 on the Motuopao Island off the Cape , was in operation until 1940 . The beacon covered the sea from the southeast in a clockwise direction to the northeast and was replaced by the Cape Reinga Lighthouse after its shutdown on October 3, 1941 . The remains of the old lighthouse and the place have been a listed building since June 22, 2007.

Panoramic photo

Te Werahi Beach , Herangi Hill ( 159  m ), Cape Maria van Diemen and Motuopao Island (from left to right)

Web links

Commons : Cape Maria van Diemen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Information board about Cape Maria van Diemen at the entrance to Cape Reinga , photographed on January 14, 2017 (see photo)
  2. a b Topo maps . Land Information New Zealand , accessed June 30, 2018 .
  3. ^ Alan Macrae : Cape Maria van Diemen Lighthouse Motuopao Island . (PDF 2.0 MB) Department of Conservation , June 2011, accessed on June 30, 2018 .
  4. ^ Cape Maria van Diemen Lighthouse . Heritage New Zealand , June 22, 2007, accessed June 30, 2018 .