1 miles
404 ft
-147 ft
Avg time

Light House Track Details

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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Global Ranking
    #37698 in Mountain Biking

Climb up to the Upper Lighthouse for spectacular views over Wellington Harbour and Cook Strait.

Climbing up to the Upper Lighthouse adds a bit of spice to the relatively sedate Pencarrow journey.

The first half of the climb from the Baring Head 4wd road is easy, while the second half is steeper (though in bite-size sections). The effort is worthwhile, as the lighthouse offers stunning views of Wellington harbour and Cook Strait.

There used to be deep scouring around the base of the lighthouse, giving an indication of the wild weather sometimes seen in this area. This was repaired in early 2010, with the placement of large natural paving stones.

From the last flat area before the summit, you can take a detour to Bluff Point lookout.

Other notes:

The Pencarrow lighthouses were opened in 1859, in response to the frequent shipwrecks along this coastal region. They were New Zealand's first permanent lighthouses.

Three-quarters of the way up the hill, and overlooking the harbour, there is a small white fenced area that marks the grave of a lighthouse keeper's daughter.

More Stats for Light House Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    257 ft
  • Altitude min
    11 ft
  • Altitude max
    273 ft
  • Altitude start
    11 ft
  • Altitude end
    268 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,487 ft
  • Distance down
    1,405 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,081 ft
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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