March 2001
There has been a lighthouse on the southern end of Matiu/Somes Island since 1866. The present tower is the second at this site.


Increasing numbers of ships entering Wellington harbour in the mid 19th century resulted in the establishment  of a lighthouse at Pencarrow Head in 1859. It soon became apparent that a further light within the harbour itself was needed for safe navigation and Matiu/Somes Island was selected as the most suitable location.

Viewing files on this page

If you can't view these files contact us to request another format. About our files.



Richard Nester, Conservation Support Officer Historic

Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House Head Office
Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143

Related links

Back to top