Later on two seagulls joined in the wait… – Click image to enlarge
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T – is for Time – ABC Wednesday
All the time in the world. Whatipu, at the tip of the North Head of the Manukau Harbour – Click image to enlarge
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T is for Time – ABC Wednesday
Time goes fast at a magic place like the Awhitu Lighthouse. By the time I was leaving, the sun was setting down bringing the lighthouse to life again!
This is the Manukau Heads Signal Station that provides radio contact with vessels using the entrance to the Manukau Harbour. Viewed here from a platform 244m above sea level. It is the perfect place to appreciate the shifting sand bar just outside the harbour entrance. The Manukau Heads narrow opening to the Tasman Sea provide the only route in and out of the harbour for the mass of water shifted by the tides. The harbour is about 390 sq km, and the water level in the harbour varies by up to 4.4m. It is a very treacherous piece of water to sail through.
Sparkling under the bright sun, this is the Awhitu Lighthouse at the Manukau Harbour Southern Head.
The Lighthouse dates from 1874. It ceased operation in 1986 and it was relocated next to the Manukau Heads Signal Station, which has been on the site since 1865. It has been meticulously rebuilt, using original parts, by volunteers from the local Awhitu community.
Shep and their new lambs take advantage of the fresh green spring grass at Cornwall park. Manukau Harbour beyond in the distance