Pencarrow Lighthouse

A beacon in the darkness

Pencarrow Lighthouse was first lit in 1859 and was New Zealand’s first permanent lighthouse. It sits at the entrance to Wellington Harbour and although it is no longer used as a lighthouse it still serves as an important day mark. New Zealand's only female lighthouse keeper, Mary Jane Bennett, maintained the lighthouse from its inaugural lighting till she moved back to England in 1865. Cycle or walk to it along an 8km gravel road from Burden’s Gate in Eastbourne.

  • Stunning views of Wellington and the top of the South Island
  • Information panels along the track explain the significance of the lighthouse
  • Great day trip, take a picnic
  • Prepare for changeable weather and severe wind
  • 2 hour walk on mostly flat track with an uphill at the end

Pencarrow Head
8km from Eastbourne

Telephone: +64 4 472 4341
Email: information@historic.org.nz

Website: heritage.org.nz - Pencarrow Lighthouse