Pencarrow Lighthouse Talk & Cycle Trip

Pencarrow Lighthouse
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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 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 can either bring your own bike or hire a bike/eBike to pick up at Eastbourne Library following the talk.  Booking will get you a special discount on bike hire.

Event Details


  • Saturday 31 October
  • 12.30pm start at Eastbourne Library, 38 Rimu Street, Eastboirne
  • Talk followed by a cycle trip to Pencarrow Lighthouse
  • Please note the cycling trip is on a gravel track along an exposed coastline.

How Much?

Free - optional cycle hire for a cost.

Make a Booking

Advance bookings are essential - contact or 04 494 8320 and specify that you are interested in the Pencarrow Lighthouse event.  We will send you more information about weather and other cycling considerations.

The cycling trip is on gravel along an exposed shoreline.  Weather at the lighthouse is unpredictable so wear (or bring) suitable clothing including sunscreen, jacket  and a hat.