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Cape Campbell Lighthouse
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New Zealand

Location Cape Campbell
South Island
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°43′39.37″S 174°16′31.30″E / 41.7276028°S 174.2753611°E / -41.7276028; 174.2753611Coordinates: 41°43′39.37″S 174°16′31.30″E / 41.7276028°S 174.2753611°E / -41.7276028; 174.2753611
Year first constructed 1870 (first)
Year first lit 1905 (current)
Automated 1986
Construction cast iron tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white and black horizontal bands tower
Height 22 metres (72 ft)
Focal height 47 metres (154 ft)
Range 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi)
Characteristic FL (1) W 15s.
Admiralty number K4274
NGA number 5188
ARLHS number NZL-006
New Zealand number

Cape Campbell Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Cape Campbell in the Marlborough region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is owned and operated by Maritime New Zealand. The original lighthouse at this site was first lit on 1 August 1870. However, this lighthouse was constructed of timber, and in 1898 these timbers were found to be decaying. This led to the construction of the current cast iron tower, which began operating in October 1905.

CapeCampbellPlaque
Information plaque on the Cape Campbell Lighthouse

The light was originally fuelled by oil. In 1938 the oil lamp was replaced with an electric one powered by a local diesel generator. This was subsequently replaced by a connection to the mains grid in the 1960s. The light was fully automated in 1986 and is now managed from a control room in Wellington.

It featured in the 2016 film The Light Between Oceans.

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