Pencarrow Lighthouse and an image of the family in a collage style.

Time travel and meet…. Our first female lighthouse keeper

Pencarrow Lighthouse has stood guard on Wellington’s wind-blasted Pencarrow Head since 1859. This nearly 12m high, cast-iron tower was also once home to Aotearoa New Zealand’s first and only female lighthouse keeper and her numerous children.

Widow Mary Bennett kept the light shining on this particularly treacherous stretch of coast while raising five children after her husband perished in a drowning accident.

You can walk (or bike) in her footsteps by making the journey out to Pencarrow along the track and imagine the lengths she and her whānau went to in order to survive – and ensure the safety of Wellington’s maritime crews - in this unusual and isolated home.

Become a time traveller today by visit Pencarrow Lighthouse.

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