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Preserve Lighthouse Buildings at Baring Head, Wainuiomata

$70 of $900,000 goal
Given by 4 generous donors in one year

Help us to remember a lost lifestyle -that of the lighthouse keeper- by restoring the lighthouse precinct at Baring Head, Wainuiomata.

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We are restoring the lighthouse buildings and grounds at Baring Head to tell their stories and those of the families that lived there, and to create wonderful opportunities for day visits and overnight stays.

The lighthouse is on a spectacular and iconic headland in the East Harbour Regional Park. It feels remote but is close to Wellington and the Hutt Valley. It was the last one built in New Zealand and the only one with most of its original buildings which is readily accessible for visitors.

It is full of the history of the lighthouse keepers' families who lived there and their lost way of life. The site is also used for monitoring carbon dioxide and earthquakes and was a defence outpost during WWII. There are lots of interesting stories to be told.

We are leading the charge to find the money to make this all happen. Your donation will help us make this dream of preserving and enhancing this important and unique heritage site a reality.

About us

We were established in 2010 following a public campaign for Baring Head near Wainuiomata to be purchased for addition to the East Harbour Regional Park. We provide funding and volunteer support to protect and enhance this iconic landscape's many values and to make visitors' experiences more enjoyable.

Use of funds

Used to restore the two lighthouse keepers’ cottages for overnight accommodation, refurbish the former generator building as a day visitor/interpretation centre, and landscaping. Other visitor facilities possible, if funding permits.

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Latest donations

jo greenman
jo greenman on 24 Mar 2019
Paula on 19 Nov 2018
I always enjoy seeing the progress when I'm up there.
Tim Trengrove
Tim Trengrove on 16 Nov 2018
Colin on 16 Nov 2018

Who's involved?

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