Focus on Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui - redevelopment of the lighthouse cottages and compound
Updated 12 February 2021 4:12pm
Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui is a special place – it’s a stunning location on an iconic headland, it is the only lighthouse compound in NZ still in its original condition and is full of untold history! We need to preserve and protect these buildings and help them to tell their unique stories.
We are working with the Friends of Baring Head Trust to redevelop and enhance the lighthouse cottages and garden to reveal their stories and create wonderful opportunities for day visits and overnight accommodation.
The Friends of Baring Head are leading the charge to seek the funding required to make the project happen. They are a Registered Charity and have already achieved a lot in East Harbour Regional Park including restoring the pump house beside the Wainuiomata River.
The Friends are also active in restoring the ecological values and native vegetation habitat of Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui and will manage the compound redevelopment project with ongoing support from a steering group and GWRC.
Restore the two light keepers’ cottages for overnight accommodation. This will be a wonderful place to stay in future
Refurbish the former generator building as a day visitor centre. This will be a great place to shelter from the wind and learn about the people, landscape and operational stories of Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui
Restore the heritage gardens and surrounds. Heritage photographs illustrate what Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui used to look like. Some of these features will be restored to their former glory
Tell the stories about the lighthouse keepers’ lives. Light keepers and their families lived here managing the light and the grounds until as recently as January 1989 when the lighthouse was automated and the last light keeper left
Donate time, funds and materials – contact the Friends of Baring Head to find out how you can assist