Pencarrow Lighthouse: Talk and Cycle Trip

Pencarrow Lighthouse: Talk and Cycle Trip

After the death of her husband in 1855, Mary Jane Bennett kept the light burning at Pencarrow Lighthouse, on top of caring for five children with another on the way. She was the first keeper of a permanent lighthouse, and the only woman to ever hold this position in Aotearoa.

Join Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga at 12:30pm on Saturday 31 October, at the Eastbourne Library, for a talk on this remarkable woman, presented by Nik Bullard (History Communicator, Wellington Museum). Following the talk, you’ve got the option of hopping on a bike and cycling out to see Pencarrow Lighthouse itself.

You’ll need to bring your own bike or hire a bike/eBike to pick up at Eastbourne Library following the talk.

Numbers are limited for the talk, so booking is essential.

Please book by emailing and specifying you are interested in the Pencarrow Lighthouse event.

Your booking will also get you a special discount on bike or eBike hire.

Booking is required

Location: Eastbourne Library 38 Rimu Street Eastbourne (followed by a cycle trip to Pencarrow Lighthouse)

Cost: Free (optional cycle hire for a cost)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Contact:, 04 494 8320

Accessibility: Eastbourne Library is fully accessible. The cycling trip is on a gravel track along an exposed coastline.

Heritage New Zealand Central Region

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is the leading national historic heritage agency. We operate in an environment marked by a growing interest in heritage, recognition of its social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to our country, and awareness of its importance to national identity.

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