Aerial shot of Pencarrow Head with old Pencarrow Lighthouse on the hill, above new Pencarrow Head Lighthouse below

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Open every day of the year

The lighthouse building itself is closed





Pencarrow Head
8km from Eastbourne
Wellington 5013

+64 4 472 4341

Talk about a lovely, lonely landmark. The 1859 lighthouse on Wellington Harbour’s windblasted Pencarrow Head radiates romantic isolation as vividly as the beam it once cast, which on clear nights used to reach as far as Marlborough’s Cloudy Bay. Read the story of widow, Mary (and her gaggle of children), who took on the job as Aotearoa New Zealand’s first – and only – female lighthouse keeper. And getting to the iconic landmark is half the fun!

Discover Pencarrow Lighthouse
View of Pencarrow Lighthouse with Wellington harbour in the background

Photo: Grant Sheehan

Historic black and white photo of Pencarrow Lighthouse keeper Mr R G Jones, in front of the lighthouse in 1958

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Photo: The Dominion Post Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library

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