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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.Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Wellington trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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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Cape Palliser Lighthouse reviews
Great road trip from Greytown where we were based for a week. The road approaching the lighthouse was narrow in places. Lovely scenic views of the sea and plenty of seal pups frolicking in a pool..... more
Great road trip from Greytown where we were based for a week. The road approaching the lighthouse was narrow in places. Lovely scenic views of the sea and plenty of seal pups frolicking in a pool..... more »
Going to the lighthouse after the walk to the pinnacles will only be around 30 minutes drive but the road can be tricky as there is a portion of the road where you have to literally cross a stream...
Going to the lighthouse after the walk to the pinnacles will only be around 30 minutes drive but the road can be tricky as there is a portion of the road where you have to literally cross a stream... more »
awesome place. you can see so many seals there, it's a fanatic experience. It's next to the street and there is also a parking lot. amazing view, i would really recommend going there. also the landscape in this area is just stunning. Next to it is another viewing place for the seal colony's
Such a beautiful place. Good walk on about 200 or so stairs. Lighthouse and it’s environment kept clean - thank you to those who have gone before me and kept it clean. Beautiful views of the ocean and if you’re lucky like I was… saw some magnificent seals living their best life sun bathing….. Word of advice - take your time going up the stairs and even take some lunch or snacks to eat when you are up there.
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