Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Wellington

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Cape Palliser Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Cape Palliser in the Wellington region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is owned and operated by Maritime New Zealand.

The light was built in 1897 and was originally fueled by oil. In 1954 the oil lamp was replaced with an electric one powered by a local diesel generator. This was subsequently replaced by a connection to the mains grid in 1967, although a diesel generator is retained for emergency power. The light was fully automated in 1986 and is now managed from a control room in Wellington.

The base of the lighthouse is reached via a staircase with 258 steps, up a 58-metre-high cliff. This staircase – built in 1912 – replaced a dangerous dirt track.
Cape Palliser lighthouse is one of three New Zealand lighthouses with a distinct striped paint scheme; the other two are Dog Island Lighthouse and Cape Campbell Lighthouse, which both have black and white stripes.
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  • Interesting drive out to the cape - the road has a number of stretches that are somewhat tricky with slips and road works. Avoiding the seals sunbathing on the sides is also a bit of an attention... 
    Interesting drive out to the cape - the road has a number of stretches that are somewhat tricky with slips and road works. Avoiding the seals sunbathing on the sides is also a bit of an attention...  more »
  • Excellent view. Great challenge to get up those steps, but well worth it. Every local should do this trip. Note that the road is sealed most of the way, but close to the end it is unsealed, a bit... 
    Excellent view. Great challenge to get up those steps, but well worth it. Every local should do this trip. Note that the road is sealed most of the way, but close to the end it is unsealed, a bit...  more »
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  • Omg the stairs!!! Looks massive because they are.. Extra good workout. Son literally ran up them with my wife in tow who looked at them and said its OK you go I'll stay behind...awesome view well worth the multiple heart failures during the climb.
  • Walk up the 253 steps to have an amazing view across Palliser Bay. The short way up is quite exhausting but totally worth it. Don't forget to bring your suscreen and a light jacket, as it is quite windy. Also check out the nearby seal colony. Free toilets and a free car park are available at the bottom of the lighthouse.

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