A friend of my father who lives in Napier contacted my dad; having heard from him that I love Lighthouses, told him that he had visited the Manukau South Head Lighthouse in the Southern part of Auckland; and thought that he'd send the pictures he took of the lighthouse to me. The lighthouse in the picture is NOT the original structure. It is a replica of the original 1874 lighthouse; but ironically; the replica contains parts of both the 1874 lighthouse AND the 1944 lighthouse. During WWII; a gun battery was built on Manukau Head to help protect Auckland from Japanese Invasion. However; when the first gun was fired for the first time, the old lighthouse collapsed from the shockwaves. Somehow; the Fresnel Lens survived the ordeal. A short concrete stumpy tower with an even larger lantern room than the first one was erected nearby the site of the old lighthouse; utilizing the original tower's recovered Fresnel Lens. By 1986 however; the shoreline was eroding at an alarming rate. Erosion was a problem at Manukau Heads for a long time; and according to a local folklore; the gun battery's test firing increased the rate of erosion. With no other option; the harbour board removed the lens and the enormous lantern room from the concrete tower and placed them in safe storage. The concrete tower; minus its lantern room; was subsequently demolished. A light on a post mounted on the nearby signal station took its place. In 2006, the 1874 Fresnel Lens and 1944 Lantern Room were installed on a replica of the 1874 wooden tower. The tower is now open to the public daily, and the lens is sometimes lit for special occasions. Most of the Lighthouses in New Zealand, except for Puysegur Point, Pencarrow Head, Pencarrow Sector, Nelson Boulder Bank, Tiritiri Matangi, Cape Egmont, Rangitoto Island, Cape Wanbrow, Jack's Point, Cape Foulwind, Karori Rock, Tuahine Point, and Murimotu Island; have Stevenson-Style Lantern Rooms, exactly the same ones as used on Scotland's Lighthouses. The other Lighthouses in New Zealand that sport Stevenson Lanterns are: Baring Head, Cape Brett, Godley Head, Akaroa Head, Timaru, Center Island, Cape Palliser, Cape Campbell, Dog Island, Kaipara North Head, Cape Saunders, East Cape, Cuvier Island, Mokohinau Islands, Matiu-Somes Island, Cape Reinga, Taiaroa Head, Katiki Point, Waipapa Point, Stephen's Island, Castlepoint, Bean Rock, Nugget Point, Farewell Spit, Portland Island, The Brothers, Kahurangi Point, and Hokitika (Faux Lantern; the original lantern now rests on top of the Kaipara North Head Lighthouse, and the original lantern room from Kaipara North Head is now the Cape Saunders Lighthouse. The Lantern is the Lighthouse. The Manukau South Head is also one of a few lighthouses open to the public in New Zealand, the others being: Akaroa Head, Cape Brett, Pencarrow Head, Kaipara North Head, Tiritiri Matangi, Cape Egmont 1/3 scale Faux (Contains original Fresnel Lens from the original Cape Egmont Lighthouse just up the road), Cape Wanbrow, and Nelson Boulder Bank Lighthouse (Possibly the most easily accessible lighthouse in New Zealand).