As I understand it, they built Waipapa Point Lighthouse after a terrible shipwreck in 1881, when the Tararua was swept onto a reef, and only 20 of the 151 aboard survived. To this day it is New Zealands worst civilian shipwreck.
It is still in operation, was manned until 1975 and then various technologies installed. It now runs on solar power and has been restored to close to original condition, however you are not allowed inside.
The lighthouse was my last stop after Fort Rose, I was also hoping to view some sealions, but except for some patterns in the sand from the flippers, none were to be found. Lots of lovely golden sand and more interesting coastline rock formations were on view at low tide. Due to there being a carpark and toilet facilities close by, there were a lot of campervans and tourists enjoying the view.
There are quite high cliffs down to the beach and I hoped there was a set of stairs down from the viewpoint by the carpark. Instead was a track that looked too challenging to clamber up with a heavy camera backpack on, so I went back down the beach til I found another way up. Fortunately I did not trip over a sleeping sealion in the grass!
I had timed my trip to the lighthouse well, and the afternoon light fully illuminated it in its splendid isolation on the heads above the beach and the treacherous rocks.
I like the level of detail in the bottom shot (the angle of the glass pane and texture in the wood walls) but I like the feeling of space better in the top shot – just the lighthouse and the sea
Took these two images trying to capture the feel of it all alone, which one do you think works best?