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Stunning views of the rugged coastline.

A very picturesque drive from Martinborough that reveals some stunning coastline, although an hour... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Graham D
Wellington, New Zealand
A great place to visit

Much of the road is dirt track so a four wheel drive vehicle would be handy! A great half day visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Trenham Ian...
London, United Kingdom
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“seal colony” (18 reviews)
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Cape Palliser Rd, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A very picturesque drive from Martinborough that reveals some stunning coastline, although an hour it quickly passes. Go at the right time of the year and you can stop at the nearby seal nursery and get up close and personal with the baby seals, real...More

Thank Graham D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Much of the road is dirt track so a four wheel drive vehicle would be handy! A great half day visit here is recommended and on the way you should have the opportunity to see the seals on the coastline. Stunning drive and marvellous opportunity...More

Thank Trenham Ian Weatherhead
Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive to get there passes through some very picturesque roads. The climb to the stop is well worth the effort, the view is very rewarding. But it is very much *NOT* an activity for young children or the elderly. The stairs are well maintained...More

Thank Tim S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed taking our visitors on a drive along the coast to the lighthouse. The walk up to the lighthouse was a highlight and the views wonderful. It’s a steep climb up over 250 stairs. We stopped along the road on the way home and...More

Thank Alipa50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the drive, although some of the last few bits are not for the faint-hearted - a ford on the side of a slip... Quite new-looking steps up to the lighthouse make it a very easy climb and definitely well-worth the effort. Unfortunately we...More

Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed November 20, 2017

The Cape Palliser lighthouse is off the beaten path by a bit (Castlepoint is easier to get to) but well worth the trip. A classic lighthouse perched high above the beach on a leveled off outcrop of rock, with 251 steps to the top.The view...More

1  Thank Barry D
Reviewed October 31, 2017

We went to Cape Palliser during the Labour Day weekend. The weather was splendid, the drive was gorgeous albeit the gravel road  A bit too long of a drive for small children to my opinion but worth the visit if you’re in the Wairarapa....More

Thank I8i3d
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Cape Palliser Lighthouse is the end of the road along the south Wairarapa Coast beyond Ngawi. It's quite a hike to get there let alone climb the 251 steps to get to the top but well worth it. The views of Palliser Bay and rugged...More

Thank Philip M
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Cape Palliser is the southernmost point of the North Island (try saying that after a few glasses of sauvignon). On a good day, you can see across to the South Island. Along the road to it are the Putangirua Pinnacles, Ngwai and the Seal colonies....More

Thank Stephen C
Reviewed September 25, 2017

The drive to Cape Palliser from Wellington through Martinborough was a mesmerising and spellbound scenic spot. You literally forget your destination as every 2 km looks so beautiful. The Cape Palliser is really breathtaking view. The Wind was so strong and Chilly weather, we could...More

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