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