Baring Head Lighthouse

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Baring Head Lighthouse
Baring Head lighthouse.jpg
Location Baring Head, North Island, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°24′29″S 174°52′16″E / 41.40806°S 174.87111°E / -41.40806; 174.87111Coordinates: 41°24′29″S 174°52′16″E / 41.40806°S 174.87111°E / -41.40806; 174.87111
Year first constructed 1935
Year first lit 1935
Automated 1989
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Hexagonal tower
Markings / pattern White
Height 12 metres (39 ft)
Focal height 87 metres (285 ft)
Range 18 kilometres (11 mi)
Characteristic White Oc. 15s

Baring Head Lighthouse is a concrete Lighthouse at Baring Head in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand.[1] It is owned and operated by Maritime New Zealand, and can be accessed via walking tracks in the southern area of the East Harbour Regional Park, south of Wainuiomata.

Its purpose was to be the main approach light to the Wellington Harbour as well as a coastal light for the Cook Strait. Lit on 18 June 1935, it replaced the light at Pencarrow Head which was decommissioned later that year. The lighthouse was initially powered by a diesel generator but was converted to mains electricity in 1950. The 1000 W light was fully automated in 1989. In 2005, the original lens was replaced by a flashing LED beacon visible from up to 18 kilometres (10 nmi).