One of New Zealand’s most historic lighthouse reserves has been upgraded and will be officially opened on Saturday 10 October.
The recently renovated Waipapa lighthouse will be open for a limited public viewing between 1pm to 6pm on Saturday 10 October. Department of Conservation Community Relations Ranger Mark Oster said he is planning for a big turn-out and is urging people to book a viewing time to avoid disappointment.
“As the site of the worst civilian maritime disaster in New Zealand and one of the few lighthouse sites that have public access we expect there will be plenty of interest.
"There are very limited bookings available for Saturday’s lighthouse opening. Bookings can be made by ringing + 64 3 211 2404 or +64 3 211 2419 from 9am to 4pm on Tuesday 6 October only,” said Mr Oster.
This popular Catlins attraction is on the Historic Places Trust register as a Category 1 Historic Place and receives approximately 40,000 visitors a year.
The Department of Conservation began a $330,000 upgrade of the Waipapa Point lighthouse reserve on 20 June with work being completed on 2 October. Work included carparking redevelopment, new toilet facilities, designated tracks and walkways, new visitor interpretation signs, vegetation planting, rehabilitation of vehicle damage and rehabilitation of coastal erosion.