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Focus on Baring Head - redevelopment of the lighthouse cottages and compound

Focus on Baring Head - redevelopment of the lighthouse cottages and compound

Updated 13 December 2017 3:08pm

Baring Head is a special place - It’s a stunning location on an iconic headland, it’s the only lighthouse compound in original condition in New Zealand and it’s full of the as yet untold history of lighthouse families who lived at the remote headlands of the Wellington Harbour. All of which are great reasons to not just preserve and protect it, but to showcase the stories that make this place unique.

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.

Managing the transformation

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 and will manage the compound redevelopment project with ongoing support from a steering group and GWRC.

Overview of the restoration project

Approach to re-development 

The restoration project has been divided into seven discrete but related projects, each of which will become the focus of fundraising. The projects are:


  1. The Loo with a View
  2. Garage and sheds
  3. Power House visitor day centre 
  4. The Lookout 
  5. The Shelter Belt 
  6. The Discovery Trail
  7. The Drive

Want to get involved?

The Friends are looking for help to:

  • 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
  • restore the heritage gardens and surrounds. Heritage photographs illustrate what Baring Head 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

Join the Friends group to turn these plans into a reality. Find out more about their activities or check their Facebook page for updates.

More information

Future day visitor centre in the former Power House at Baring Head