Cape Palliser Lighthouse

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Cape Palliser Lighthouse
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Cape Palliser Lighthouse
Cape Palliser Lighthouse is located in New Zealand
Cape Palliser Lighthouse
New Zealand
Location Cape Palliser
North Island
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°36′42.9″S 175°17′23.8″E / 41.611917°S 175.289944°E / -41.611917; 175.289944Coordinates: 41°36′42.9″S 175°17′23.8″E / 41.611917°S 175.289944°E / -41.611917; 175.289944
Year first constructed 1897
Construction cast iron tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white and red horizontal bands tower, white lantern, black lantern dome
Height 18 metres (59 ft)
Focal height 78 metres (256 ft)
Light source mains power
Range 26 nautical miles (48 km; 30 mi)
Characteristic FL(2) W 20s
Admiralty number 4000
NGA number K4580
ARLHS number NZL-011
Managing agent

Maritime New Zealand[1]


Cape Palliser Lighthouse is a Lighthouse at Cape Palliser in the Wellington region of the North Island of New Zealand.[3] 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.

Cape Palliser Lighthouse has 250+ steps to reach the base of the lighthouse, replacing an extremely dangerous and steep climb to the top of the bank which could result in injuries and possibly death if the user wasn't careful. Since the stairs were installed, the lighthouse became more popular around New Zealand and even other parts of the world.

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.[4]

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  1. ^ Cape Palliser Lighthouse Archived October 30, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Maritime New Zealand
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of New Zealand: North Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ Cape Palliser Lighthouse Profile (from the Maritime New Zealand website)
  4. ^ "Dog Island Lighthouse". Maritime New Zealand. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 

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