Cape Reinga Lighthouse
|Cape Reinga Lighthouse|
|Place:||Cape Reinga , Northland , New Zealand's North Island|
|Location:||Northland , New Zealand|
|Height of tower base:|
|Fire carrier height :||10 m|
|Identifier :||FL W 12s|
|Scope knows:||19 nm (35.2 km )|
|Operating mode:||1987 automated|
|Operating time:||since 1941|
Cape Reinga Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Cape Reinga in Northland on the North Island of New Zealand . It is operated by Maritime New Zealand . The lighthouse is a well-known tourist attraction in New Zealand, although the tower itself is not accessible.
The tower with its octagonal concrete substructure replaced Cape Maria Van Diemen Lighthouse in 1941 , a lighthouse that had existed on Motuopao Island off Cape Maria van Diemen since 1879 , which was difficult to access, especially in heavy seas, and was therefore abandoned in 1939. Parts of the lighthouse, including the technology in the lantern, were used to build the new tower on the mainland. The tower was equipped with a 1000 W lamp fed by a diesel generator with a range of 48 km.
In 1987 the lighthouse was automated and like all other New Zealand lighthouses it has been remotely controlled from a control room at Maritime New Zealand in Wellington ever since . In May 2000, the lenses and lamp were replaced by a 50 W beacon, which is powered by accumulators fed by solar cells. The new beacon has a range of 35 km.