This is my first in what I hope will be a series of posts on the greater Wellington region.
The purpose is to show the punters just what Wellington and her surrounds has to offer in the way of scenery and adventure.
Today we will visit Cape Palliser and the small settlement of Ngāwī, the last settlement on this part of the coast road.
Ngawi is famous for its fishing boats, baby bulldozers, seal colony and the Putangirua Pinnacles
I’ll break this post into 2 parts as there is too much to cover in a single post.
Cape Palliser is the southernmost point of the North Island, even further south than Blenheim on the South Island.
Approximately a 100 kilometre drive from Wellington, it’ takes a few hours to drive to the coast. The road snakes over the winding Rimutaka hill road and spills out onto the open Wairarapa plains and meanders its way south east towards the coast with many roads feeding off the main route, leading to a variety of beaches, all of which are worth investigation.
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Theres always something to take a shot of on the way.
A little history
Captain Cook named Cape Palliser after Sir Hugh Palliser who was a Admiral in the British Royal Navy.
Ngāwī is a small fishing settlement and the main income comes from crayfish fishing. About 30 fishing boats are pushed into the sea on their trailers by small bulldozers.
Me being a idiot racing the little yellow bulldozer with the settlement of Ngawi behind us.
Every now and again fate smiles, what would the chances be of finding a pretty young tourist from Spain with the same coloured dress as the little yellow bulldozer?
the bulldozers at work
Recreational pursuits and photo ops
The baby bulldozers have become a feature for the small settlement. God created man in His image, man cannot help but express that creative side of himself. In this instance, artistic expression breaks out and becomes apparent in the form of endearing paint jobs.
Meet Tinky Winky
Recreational fishing attracts many fisher people to this place and during the weekends the beaches are alive with active hopefuls heaving lures and baits out into the surf.
Just a fun place is Cape Passliser
The Putangirua Pinnacles
The Putangirua Pinnacles are a spectacular landscape feature
These pinnacles are a great place to visit. A 1 -4 hours return walk is needed to see them from the top, but 1 hour walk up the stream bed sees you at the bases of these amazing pillars.
Lord of the Rings
The Putangirua Pinnacles were chosen to be Part of the Paths of the Dead sequence in the film The Return of the King.
The coast around this area offers some great surfing and add variety and some fantastic photographic opportunities.
The seal colony
Ngawi has a fantastic New Zealand fur seal colony
Some of the Baby Seals are quiet approachable
These little guys are waiting for Mum to come home.
Im not sure that there is much going on inside that head
There is also a pretty picturesque lighthouse out there that is un-named.
Ngawi is famous for its fishing boats, bulldozers, Pinnacles and seal colony, but the real gem for us is the spectacular sunsets.
Wild wind whipped waves and the red sun drenched hills at last light really set this place apart.
The waves glow in the sunset
The hills glow red in the sunset
The sea glows in the sunset
the whole place glows
When the sun peeks through the cloud this special place is off the wazoooo charts