The Catlins

Originally uploaded by Stas Kulesh.
Standing 76 metres above sea level, the 9.4 metre high stone tower of the Nugget Point Lighthouse still supports the original lens which was installed during its construction. The light was originally powered by oil when it was first lit in 1870 with lighthouse keepers tending to the point. It was not until 1989 when the lighthouse become automated that the keepers were no longer needed.
Nugget Point Lighthouse which receives its name through the small nugget like rocks which extend out from the point in the Catlins along the Southern Scenic Route on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Both sides of the cliff are blanketed in greenery with a long walkway leading to the lighthouse.

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