Waipapa Catlins, New Zealand

Waipapa, Catlins, New Zealand


The lighthouse at Waipapa Point was the last of the wooden lighthouses to be built in New Zealand and dates back to 1884. 
The lighthouse was built after a tragic shipwreck just off the Waipapa Reef in 1881 with the sinking of the SS Tararua.
It is still to date, the scene of one of New Zealand’s worst maritime disasters.
The first lighthouse keeper, Arthur Ericson, started in 1884 and the Waipapa Lighthouse was manned until 1976
when it was automated like many others in New Zealand at this time.
Waipapa Point marks the entrance to the wild waters of the Foveaux Strait.


When turning of the main road at Otara, on the way through to the lighthouse there is the Tararua Acre were many who died have been buried with headstones.
To their memory is a stone erected by the pupils of Fortrose and other district schools. Schools in the area have since amalgamated with Tokanui school


There are sealions on the beaches, you should not walk between the sealion and the sea is the sealions escape route should it be startled.

New toilet facility and walkways were put in place just two years ago.
It's great for fishing, note of caution, always face the sea when fishing in case of rouge waves.
Be mindful of NZ fishing regulations don't take more then your daily allowance or smaller fish than is legal for their species.

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