Waipapa Point Lighthouse…

This lovely little lighthouse is located on the Caitlins coastline, Waipapa Point being a rocky promontory on the south coast of the South Island of New Zealand.  It was originally built in response to the tragic shipwreck of the passenger steamer Tararua on 29th April 1881, which claimed the lives of 131 of the 150 passengers on board.

We had spent the morning in Invercargill, which is both the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and indeed one of the southernmost cities in the world. Famous for it’s water tower, we grabbed a few images here before heading down to the Caitlins coastline.

Waipapa Lighthouse  © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Beautiful day down at the Caitlins… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Waipapa Lighthouse  © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
This panoramic image shows the incredibly beautiful bay, with the lighthouse visible on the far right… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Sign describing hte Waipapa lighthouse© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
The signage says it far more eloquently than could I… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Waipapa Lighthouse  © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Path to the lighthouse © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Sign describing the Sea Lions © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Interesting… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
We were indeed fortunate to come across this rare Sea Lion basking on the beach… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015

Invercargill is a nice little city, although it does not have the same picturesque appeal (to me at least!) of Queenstown; in fairness we only had a couple of hours to explore, however the quiet main street buildings seemed to exude a slightly ‘tired’ appearance. Naturally I could not leave without grabbing a shot of the water tower…

Water tower in Invercargill © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Invercargill’s water tower… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
New Zealand flowers © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Plants next to the water tower… I don’t know what type they are, but they certainly look beautiful through the lens… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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