Baring Head Lighthouse

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Baring Head Lighthouse
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Baring Head Lighthouse
Baring Head Lighthouse is located in New Zealand
Baring Head Lighthouse
New Zealand
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 June 1935
Automated 1989
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern, greenish lantern dome
Height 12.2 metres (40 ft)
Focal height 87 metres (285 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)
Characteristic Oc W 15s
Admiralty number K4004
NGA number 4584
ARLHS number NZL-002
Managing agent Maritime New Zealand[1]

Baring Head Lighthouse is a concrete Lighthouse at Baring Head in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, powered by LED beacon.[2] 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.

The lighthouse tower is 12.2 m tall (40 ft), but the hilltop elevation gives a focal height of 87 m (285 ft).[2] The light range is 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi).

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.[2] The lighthouse was initially powered by a diesel generator but was converted to mains electricity in 1950.[3] The 1000 W light was fully automated in 1989 and demanned. In February 2005, the original lens was replaced by a flashing LED beacon visible from up to 18 kilometres (10 nmi; 11 mi).[3]

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of New Zealand: North Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Baring Head Lighthouse". Maritime New Zealand website. 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Baring Head Lighthouse". (section "Operation of the Baring Head Light"). 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 

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