Kaka Point

KAKA POINT

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One week before my trip, T+L posted a photo of Nugget Point Lighthouse, saying it was a short drive south of Dunedin.  Leave it to social media to lead me somewhere I had never heard of, for a hike to an old lighthouse.

Nugget Point
Nugget Point

On July 4th, 1870, Nugget Point turned its light on for the first time to guide ships along the treacherous coast.  The tower itself is 9 meters tall (almost 30 feet), and sits on a cliff 75 meters above sea level (almost 250 feet).

Kaka Point
Kaka Point

In 1989, the light became fully automated and the lighthouse keeper moved out.  Nowadays, the light is 100% automatic, and actually controlled by a computer in Wellington 630 kilometers away (almost 400 miles)!

Nugget Point Lighthouse at Kaka Point
Nugget Point Lighthouse at Kaka Point

My trip to Kaka Point was part of my larger trip to New Zealand.  See the rest of the trip here:

The Banks Peninsula

Mount Cook

Otago

Queenstown & Milford Sound