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Manukau Heads Lighthouse - Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. It has an uncanny distinction of being one of the very few cities in the world having harbours on two large oceans, namely Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. These two oceans are divided by the Auckland isthmus. The central part of the Auckland city is situated on this isthmus and is called ‘Tāmaki-makau-rau’ in Maori language. Given this amazing geographic location of the city, one is never too far from the water. The same is reflected in the rich maritime history of the city and the country as a whole. The two major harbours in Auckland are Manukau harbour on the Tasman Sea which is on the western side of the city and the Waitemata harbour on the Pacific Ocean to the north eastern side of the city. No wonder there has been a lot of maritime traffic connecting New Zealand shores to the rest of the world for the past two centuries. This demanded construction of many lighthouses across the country to assist the incoming vessels dock safely into t…