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Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser, is a rocky promontory located on the south coast of the North Island in New Zealand and the southernmost point of this island.

The name of the cape was given by James Cook, naming it in honor of his best friend Admiral Hugh Pallicer.
Cape Palliser, famous for its wild temper, is known to many as Cape Vetrov. It was here that in the 19th century about 20 ships wrecked.

The road to the cape is very picturesque. This part of New Zealand has absorbed a huge share of the early history of the Maori people. You will see fascinating landscapes with an amazing cultural heritage. And at the end of the road you will find a beautiful view of Palliser Bay, as well as a quaint fishing village located near the lighthouse.

Access : Coordinates: -41.613611, 175.290278 / Cape Palliser is located in the South Wairarapa District of the Wellington region, on the southern foothills of the Aorangi Range, around 50 km southeast of Wellington. / The distance from Wellington to Cape Pallizer is only 50 kilometers, / This is the southernmost tip of the North Island, located much south than Nelson or Blenheim. Cape Pallizer is located at 41 min. 37 sec south latitude and 175 min. 17 sec East longitude.
/ Cape Pallizer can also be reached via Martinborough. The road passes through the mountains, although it does not reach the cape itself for three kilometers.

Highlights :

  •  This headland has a notable geographical point, Kupe’s Sail, a triangular sedimentary rock formation resembling a sail. Legend says the legendary “Kupe” sailed through Cape Palliser more than 1,000 years ago..
  •  The small settlement – Ngawi  : This is the first and only village in this inhospitable, uninhabited region called Ngawi. There are small wooden houses called bahas, The village is especially famous for its lobsters and edible sea shell Paua.
  •  Cape Pallizer lighthouse : Climbing the lighthouse, you can enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of Palliser Bay.
  •  Not far from the lighthouse is a colony of fur seals – the largest colony of New Zealand fur seals on the North Island. Maori are called seals of kekeno.
  •  The Cape can be reached via the Cape Palliser Road, a coastal road along Palliser Bay that branches east of Lake Onoke from Lake Ferry Road coming from Martinborough to the east

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking – Coastal Explorer Walking Tour / Tour From Wellington / see fascinating landscapes – Adventuring / Scenic Driving- Auto Touring.

Go next : Wellington , the capital of New Zealand / Cape Campbell in the southwest on the South Island of New Zealand.

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