I have a great love of lighthouses. There is something so romantic and comforting about those beacons of light guiding sailors home. Henry Longfellow aptly sums it up in his poem The Lighthouse:
|A glorious day in the country|
|Awhitu Lighhouse, Manukau Heads, Auckland|
picnicking nearby. It is a short climb up the hill to the lighthouse which is high overlooking the entrance to Manukau harbour. This reconstruction, dating from 2006, incorporating the original dome and lens, was built exactly to the plan of the original which operated from 1874 until 1986. Visitors may enter the lighthouse, climb up the interior and walk around the exterior viewing deck.
|View from the lighthouse|
|Another view, this time looking into Manukau Harbour.|
Auckland city can just be see on the horizon far left
|Looking south from the lighhouse|
The lighthouse today is a serene and peaceful place surrounded by native plants and trees. I wandered around for some time, enjoying the view and the romance of it all before retracing my journey back home with brief stops at the picturesque church at Awhitu and at Waiuku for a very late lunch.
|Tiny country church at Awhitu|
All in all it was a fantastic day out. I am so pleased I finally got to see the lighthouse and can tick that off my "to do" list