Family Field Trip: Cape Palliser Lighthouse
With the last few days of Mr Oh Waily’s summer break we went on another family outing. This time we headed out to Cape Palliser. Not sure where that is? Here’s a map for you.[googlemaps https://maps.google.co.nz/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cape+palliser&aq=&sll=-41.24437,174.761855&sspn=0.26899,0.615921&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Cape+Palliser,+Wellington&t=m&ll=-41.611335,175.289612&spn=0.616058,0.823975&z=9&output=embed&w=300&h=300]
At the end of a mix of gravel roads and tar seal we arrived at the first of our stops for the day, the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. It was first lit in 1897 and was manned for 99 years before being automated. As you can see, it has a very prominent position.
Getting up to the lighthouse involves a bit of courage for those with a fear of heights.
Roughly 250 steps later you are rewarded with far-reaching views.
I highly recommend getting the stillest day you possibly can as it is exposed and the gusts can be extremely strong. Even on this loveliest of days the wind was gusting quite hard. Not for the feint hearted.
The Oh Waily kids had a good look around the flat platform area, including the rusty old winch.
After we had been blown about a bit and had taken a few photographs, we slowly headed back down the stairs. Our next stop was the beach you can see in the photograph above, to look for seals, walk around the rock pools and see what the locals were wading in to get off the rocks.
Our next adventure is seeing seals.