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Name: Stephens Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Marlborough Sounds, , New Zealand

Location: Northwestern approach to Cook Strait.

Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


In 1894 a lighthouse keeper's cat apparently killed the last remaining Stephens Island wren; the bird, unheard of before the cat caught one, is now extinct. The specimens killed by the cat are now in the British Museum.

Tower Height: 49

Height of Focal Plane: 600

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 20 seconds, visible for 27 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, conical, cast iron tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1894

Date Present Tower Built: 1894

Date Automated: 1989

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Keepers: George Gwynne (c. 1901), Len Akers (?-1989)


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