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“Fabulous scenery”

Cape Palliser Lighthouse
Ranked #4 of 77 things to do in Wairarapa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

The most exhilarating experience in a long while with beautiful scenery but the best were the seals and the pups all over the place. Some advice. Take your food. Beware of aggressive seals. The last stretch of roads is just gravel. So don't go in a small car. Its cold. Dress accordingly. The walk up the lighthouse is 241 steps and leaves you huffing but the view is worth it.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

A few years ago, I was taken to this God Forsaken place as who would have imagine coming to this long & winding gravel road deep inside & off the roadway but it was eventful effort as we saw families of Sea Lions there. We stood near them but was warned not to get closer as you would be attacked by the mothers protecting their pups.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

I have been visiting and holidaying in Wellington all my life as most of my family live there, however only just this month, April 2014 did I get to explore Cape Palliser. What a hidden gem and fantastic part of the country to visit! You pass through Martinborough a cute little village which is the centre of the surrounding winery district. You can do wine tasting, a cycle tour, and/or dine at any of the number of vineyards there. From there you head south east out to the coast (less than 1 hour drive from Martinborough) and wind your way around Cape Palliser to the light house which you can take 252 vertical steps to. It's a leg burner but the view is worth every step! Go on a fine day so the views are good and it's pleasant. Along the coast there you can see fur seals. There is a spot called seal point where the baby seals learn to swim in the rock pools. It's magnificent. Seal Point is not sign posted - but you'll know from the other cars and campervans you're in the right place. From there we drove around to the Aorangi Forest Park where we set out to see the Putangirua Pinnacles. A 1.5hour bush walk. Have since found out this was a back drop in the filming of the Lord of the Rings movie. Between all of these natural attractions - this is a superb day trip. Cape Palliser is rugged coastline and feels remote, but it's natural beauty and the region is well worth the visit getting off the beaten track a bit.

Thank Amber Y
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

A long drive on a gravel road from Lake Ferry but the scenery was very awesome and unique to North Island East Coast. Best time to visit during Summer. Magnificent view and picturesque coast. Avoid during rainy days for safety reasons. The Best of Lower North Island scenery by far and a worthy place to visit.

Thank Kadong
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

About a 2 hr drive east of Wellington, NZ, is Cape Palliser light house. Drive north over very windy mountain roads to Greytown, stop in Martinbourough for winetasting, eat lunch at Lake Ferry, then continue on the coast to Cape Palliser light house. It's a long drive, but worth it!
Note: the last few miles are gravel roads, which could get bad in inclement weather. The views from the top are amazing!

Thank Spontini11
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