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East Cape lighthouse

East Cape lighthouse

East Cape lighthouse is sited at the most easterly point of the North Island, as British explorer James Cook surmised when he named the promontory. The lighthouse was first erected on nearby East Island (Whangaōkena) in 1900, but was moved to the mainland, due to land instability, in 1922. The station was automated in 1985.

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast places - East Cape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2016)

Full story by Monty Soutar, published 25 Aug 2011, updated 30 Mar 2015