Waipapa Point, South Island, New Zealand.
Waipapa Point is a rocky promontory at the extreme south-western end of an area known as the Catlins, a rugged, sparsely populated area known for its wildlife & scenic coastal landscape. Its exposed location leads to its frequently wild weather and heavy ocean swells. It's not surprising then that this is the location for New Zealand's worst maritime disaster. On April 29th 1881 the passenger steamer Tararua, en route to Melbourne, Australia, foundered off Waipapa Point with the loss of all but 20 of the 151 people aboard. The lighthouse seen here, Waipapa Point Lighthouse, was built in response to the tragedy; it began operating in 1884 & became fully automated in 1976.
© 2012 davidMbyrne.com