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Cape Palliser Lighthouse
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Cape Palliser Lighthouse is located in New Zealand
Cape Palliser Lighthouse
Cape Palliser Lighthouse
Location in 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; 175.289944
Year first constructed 1897
Automated 1986
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
Admiralty number 4000
NGA number K4580
ARLHS number NZL-011

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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