A key warning light at the end of the Island
It’s 78 metres above sea level on the south-east corner of the North Island. It provides a double flash every 20 seconds from a 100 watt incandescent bulb to warn shipping heading in and out of Wellington harbour.
Cape Palliser is one of the windiest places in the country located in the “roaring forties” 41.37 south and 175.17 east. The 18 metre high, cast iron lighthouse has been an aid to passing ships since 1897.
It was automated in 1983, but remains a major tourist attraction in the Wairarapa with a challenging 253 steps to the concrete platform beside the building. The effort is worth it, as stunning views await visitors in every direction.
The view from the lighthouse looking south-west