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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  • A cool, wet and windy day, but still worth the trip. The road had been washed away in several place, down to one lane, but we managed. Did not climb the 254 steps as it was so windy... 
    A cool, wet and windy day, but still worth the trip. The road had been washed away in several place, down to one lane, but we managed. Did not climb the 254 steps as it was so windy...  more »
  • The lighthouse has mind blowing views. Plus on the way there you can see the seals and their young ones. 
    The lighthouse has mind blowing views. Plus on the way there you can see the seals and their young ones.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fantastic spot. Wild scenic drive with plenty to see along the way. Nice stair climb to stretch your legs. Plenty of parking and prone to severe weather.

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