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This is a list of lighthouses in New Zealand. Maritime New Zealand operates and maintains 23 active lighthouses and 74 light beacons. All of these lighthouses are fully automated and controlled by a central control room in Wellington.

Other lights, such as the Taiaroa Head and Bean Rock lighthouses, are operated by local port authorities. There are also several decommissioned lighthouses not listed below, including the Manukau South Head, Boulder Bank, and Akaroa lighthouses.

Many of New Zealand's earliest lighthouses were designed by marine engineer James Balfour and his successor John Blackett.

The New Zealand Nautical Almanac lists all of New Zealand's active lighthouses and lights, along with their locations, characteristics and ranges.

North Island

Name Coordinates Year completed Tower height Status
Baring Head 41°25′S 174°52′E / 41.417°S 174.867°E / -41.417; 174.867 (Baring Head) 1935 12m Active
Cape Brett 35°10′S 174°20′E / 35.167°S 174.333°E / -35.167; 174.333 (Cape Brett) 1910 13m Decommissioned
Bean Rock 36°50′S 174°50′E / 36.833°S 174.833°E / -36.833; 174.833 (Bean Rock) 1871 15 Active
Cape Egmont 39°17′S 173°45′E / 39.283°S 173.750°E / -39.283; 173.750 (Cape Egmont) 1881 20m Active
Cape Palliser 41°37′S 175°17′E / 41.617°S 175.283°E / -41.617; 175.283 (Cape Palliser) 1897 18m Active
Cape Reinga 34°26′S 172°41′E / 34.433°S 172.683°E / -34.433; 172.683 (Cape Reinga) 1941 10m Active
Castle Point 40°54′S 176°14′E / 40.900°S 176.233°E / -40.900; 176.233 (Castle Point) 1913 23m Active
Cuvier Island 36°26′S 175°47′E / 36.433°S 175.783°E / -36.433; 175.783 (Cuvier Island) 1889 15m Active
East Cape 37°41′S 178°33′E / 37.683°S 178.550°E / -37.683; 178.550 (East Cape) 1900 14m Active
Mokohinau Island 35°54′S 175°07′E / 35.900°S 175.117°E / -35.900; 175.117 (Mokohinau Island) 1883 14m Active
Pencarrow Head 41°21′S 174°51′E / 41.350°S 174.850°E / -41.350; 174.850 (Pencarrow Head) 1859 11.5m Decommissioned
Rangitoto 36°46′54″S 174°49′20″E / 36.78167°S 174.82222°E / -36.78167; 174.82222 (Rangitoto) 1905 21m Active
Tiritiri Matangi 36°36′S 174°54′E / 36.600°S 174.900°E / -36.600; 174.900 (Tiritiri Matangi) 1865 20m Active

South Island

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Brothers Island
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French Pass
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Tairaoa Head
Name Coordinates Year completed Tower height Status
Brothers Island 41°06′S 174°26′E / 41.100°S 174.433°E / -41.100; 174.433 (Brothers Island) 1877 12m Active
French Pass 40°55′S 173°50′E / 40.917°S 173.833°E / -40.917; 173.833 (French Pass) 1884 3m Active
Stephens Island 40°40′S 174°00′E / 40.667°S 174.000°E / -40.667; 174.000 (Stephens Island) 1894 15m Active
Farewell Spit 40°33′S 173°00′E / 40.550°S 173.000°E / -40.550; 173.000 (Farewell Spit) 1870 27m Active
Kahurangi Point 40°47′S 172°13′E / 40.783°S 172.217°E / -40.783; 172.217 (Kahurangi Point) 1903 18m Active
Cape Campbell 41°44′S 174°17′E / 41.733°S 174.283°E / -41.733; 174.283 (Cape Campbell) 1870 22m Active
Cape Foulwind 41°45′S 171°28′E / 41.750°S 171.467°E / -41.750; 171.467 (Cape Foulwind) 1876 9m Active
Tuhawaiki Point 44°27′S 171°16′E / 44.450°S 171.267°E / -44.450; 171.267 (Tuhawaiki Point) 1904 9m Active
Taiaroa Head 45°46′25″S 170°44′42.7″E / 45.77361°S 170.745194°E / -45.77361; 170.745194 (Taiaroa Head) 1865 12m Active
Katiki Point 45°24′S 170°52′E / 45.400°S 170.867°E / -45.400; 170.867 (Katiki Point) 1878 8m Active
Nugget Point 46°27′S 169°49′E / 46.450°S 169.817°E / -46.450; 169.817 (Nugget Point) 1870 9.4m Active
Waipapa Point 46°40′S 168°51′E / 46.667°S 168.850°E / -46.667; 168.850 (Waipapa Point) 1884 13m Active
Dog Island 46°39′S 168°25′E / 46.650°S 168.417°E / -46.650; 168.417 (Dog Island) 1865 37m Active
Centre Island 46°28′S 167°51′E / 46.467°S 167.850°E / -46.467; 167.850 (Centre Island) 1878 12m Active
Puysegur Point 46°10′S 166°36′E / 46.167°S 166.600°E / -46.167; 166.600 (Puysegur Point) 1879 5m Active
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