Baring Head Lighthouse (J9)

Baring Head Lighthouse loop track at Wainuiomata River mouth at Turakirae Head, Wellingtom region New Zealand.

GPS: -41.411831  174.887512

Baring Head Lighthouse on a lighthouses website: http://www.newzealandlighthouses.com/baring_head.htm

Info and downloadable PDF brochure/map: http://www.gw.govt.nz/baring-head-orua-pouanui/

Wellington area attractions overview

Wellington area attractions overview

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Carpark map of the Baring Head Lighthouse walking tracks. The arrow poiints out the boring inland carpark, I say to park at the beach to begin.

Carpark map of the Baring Head Lighthouse walking tracks. The arrow poiints out the boring inland carpark, I say to park at the beach to begin.

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Baring Head Lighthouse loop overview 1

Baring Head Lighthouse loop overview 1

Baring Head Lighthouse loop overview 2

Baring Head Lighthouse loop overview 2

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The 1935 Baring Head Lighthouse.

The 1935 Baring Head Lighthouse.

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The view from the Baring Lighthouse bak over the mouth of the Wainuiomata River and the beachside carpark.

The view from the Baring Lighthouse bak over the mouth of the Wainuiomata River and the beachside carpark.

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The rocks on the pebbly shore directly beneath the Baring Head Lighthouse,

The rocks on the pebbly shore directly beneath the Baring Head Lighthouse,

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The two distant lighthouses at Pencarrow Head, as seen from the beach underneath Baring Head Lighthouse.

The two distant lighthouses at Pencarrow Head, as seen from the beach underneath Baring Head Lighthouse.

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The shoreline portion of the Baring Head Lighthouse loop.

The shoreline portion of the Baring Head Lighthouse loop.

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Signs lke this point the way along the Baring Head routes.

Signs lke this point the way along the Baring Head routes.

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Derelict buildings at the Baring Head Lighthouse.

Derelict buildings at the Baring Head Lighthouse.

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Sunset light shinging on the Baring Head Lighthouse.

Sunset light shinging on the Baring Head Lighthouse.

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Info panel on the historic 1935 Baring Head Lighthouse.

Info panel on the historic 1935 Baring Head Lighthouse.

Info panel on the historic 1935 Baring Head Lighthouse.

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Another interesting facet of Baring Head is the Shipwreck remains of the 1881 SS Paiaka.  This “recovered” shipwreck lies along the road-track between Baring Head and Pencarrow Head.  To tell the truth, I’m not sure if it’s currently legal to access this shipwreck site from Baring Head.  I’ve been told unofficially that you can walk to the wreck from Baring Head, but the signage at Baring head makes this look like it might be trespass.  I’ve placed these next photos on GoogleEarth…so you can suss it out for yourself.  The GPS o the wreck is: -41.376882° 174.868350° . The current 2013 GE satellite view doesn’t show the wreck do to a dark shadow.

Historic plaque mounted next to SS Paiaka shipwreck

Historic plaque mounted next to SS Paiaka shipwreck

Inside the rusted 1881 SS Paiaka

Inside the rusted 1881 SS Paiaka

SS Paiaka shipwreck, along the track between Pencarrow Lighthouse and Baring Head Lighthouse.

SS Paiaka shipwreck, along the track between Pencarrow Lighthouse and Baring Head Lighthouse.

Rusted SS Paiaka propeller

Rusted SS Paiaka propeller

Ladder to climb into Paiaka shipwreck....ummm...watch your step!

Ladder to climb into Paiaka shipwreck….ummm…watch your step!

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