Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lighthouse of the Week, August 23-29, 2015: Cape Palliser, New Zealand

One more trip to the islands of the Kiwis for this week's Lighthouse of the Week.  The Cape Palliser lighthouse sits on the southermmost point of the North Island.  Got that?  It's not far on a map from Wellington, but when you see how far you have to drive...

Here's what UNC's lighthouse site has to say:

"1897. Active; focal plane 78 m (256 ft); two white flashes every 20 s. 18 m (59 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. The original 2nd order Fresnel lens continues in use. ... Prefabricated in Wellington, the lighthouse marks the extreme southeastern tip of the North Island and the eastern entrance to Cook Strait and Wellington. "

Worth the trip if you like photographing lighthouses, though. But to get to the top of the bluff with the lighthouse, you have to climb up 258 steps.

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