Cape Palliser Lighthouse facts for kids
|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)|
|Range||26 nautical miles (48 km; 30 mi)|
|Characteristic||FL(2) W 20s|
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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