Welcome to Cape Palliser


As you approach Cape Palliser (Matakitakiakupe) you'll reach the wind-worn fishing village of Ngawi. The first things you’ll notice here are the rusty bulldozers on the beach, used to drag fishing boats ashore.

On the way there or back, take a short detour to the crusty waterside settlement of Lake Ferry, overlooking Lake Onoke. The lake empties directly to the sea through grey, shingled dunes, with big black-backed gulls circling overhead.


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Cape Palliser activities

$211.98 Day Trips & Excursions

Martinborough Wine and Wild Coast Tour from Wellington

The tour departs at 10:00am and travels north, following the Hutt River into the Hutt Valley before a scenic drive over the Rimutaka Ranges, including a stop at the Summit for spectacular views. It then descends into the Wairarapa region, passing through Featherston and into the quaint winery town of Martinborough. Here you will visit award winning wineries and enjoy their cellar door experiences and sample their world renowned wines before a sumptuous lunch at a vineyard restaurant. The tour then heads to the rugged south Wairarapa coast and Cape Palliser. The tour follows the edge of the coast, providing unstoppable views of the Bay before exploring the rural fishing village of Ngawi with it's iconic tractors hauling fishing boats up the beach. Marvel at the North Island's largest permanent fur seal colony and test your fitness on a climb to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse that provides epic sweeping sea views. After working up an appetite take a short walk along the edge of Lake Onoke (Lake Ferry) and hear about its history whilst local fisherman haul in their catches fresh from the ocean and sit down at the historic lake Ferry Hotel for dinner. The tour then returns to Wellington via the Rimutakas and State Highway 2 for an 8:00pm drop off.

$119.69 Tours & Sightseeing

Cape Palliser Explorer Walking Tour

Departing the conveniently located Wellington I-site at 9:15am or our Martinborough location at 10.30am, we will lead you on an exploration of the Wild Palliser Coast Coast only a stones throw from Wellington. Top guides take you directly to the Putangirua Pinnacles, a dramatic geological feature known as "Hoodoo's" which were featured in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as Paths of the Dead. This is a challenging walk which can be uneven and slippery and involves lots of steps to climb, with a very rewarding view. Your guide will tell you about the unique geology of this area and provide insight to the history (European and pre-European) of this remarkable landscape. We carry a picnic lunch with us to enjoy along the way, all dietary needs can be catered for, As we continue in the minivan to Cape Palliser we pass Ngawi Village, where fishing boats are launched from the beach into the, at times, unforgiving Cook Strait. We pass one of the regions largest Seal Colonies and stop to enjoy watching these curious creatures frolicking in the waves before continuing to Cape Palliser itself and ascending the steps to the lighthouse. On our way back to Martinborough we may have time to stop in a historic Lake ferry before dropping guests at their Martinborough Hotels and continuing into Wellington. Our shuttle departs from Martinborough to Wellington at 17:45pm. Inclusions: Picnic packed lunch, Water, Juice, guide, walking poles. Tips & What to bring: Wear sturdy walking shoes, the track can be wet, uneven and slippery. Bring a wind/rain proof jacket and dress appropriately for the time of year.

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