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Name: Baring Head Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Wellington, , New Zealand

Location: Southern tip of North Island, Wellington Harbour.

Click to enlarge: Photo   
Photo: Courtesy of Paul W. Shirley

Managing Organization:
Maritime New Zealand


This lighthouse replaced Pencarrow Light, the oldest lighthouse in New Zealand. It was the first lighthouse in New Zealand to be built with electricity as its power source.

Tower Height: 39

Height of Focal Plane: 285

Characteristic and Range: Nine seconds white alternating with 6 seconds darkness.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal concrete tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1935

Date Present Tower Built: 1935

Date Automated: 1989

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

This lighthouse is difficult to reach and the surrounding area is privately owned; it is probably best viewed by boat, including the Cook Strait ferry.

Keepers: R. S. Wilson (c. 1942), Steve O'Neill (c. 1980s)


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