Seals, stunning walks, and the spiffiest lighthouse in the country - you'll find them all at Cape Palliser. It's just an hour's drive from Martinborough, with unforgettable sea views along the way.
A grand old lady of a lighthouse
The cast iron Cape Palliser lighthouse has stood on the cliffs here since 1897 - and she's still shining strong. Climb the 253 steps to see her up close. And spare a thought for the early lighthouse keepers who had to haul oil and kerosene cans up a dirt track before the steps went in!
The Cape is also home to the North Island's largest fur seal colony. If you're here November to January you might just spot some pups.
Rich Maori heritage
This part of New Zealand has a rich history of early Maori occupation. Archaeologists believe Maori settled here in the 1300s.
- The Land Girl Pirinoa Coffee House - modern country cafe with lots of character
- Aorangi Forest Park
- Ngawi - a fishing village with raw coastal charm
- Don't want to drive? Then take a Hammonds Cape Palliser Tour or To the Coast with the Post
- The eerie Putangirua Pinnacles
- Fishing around the Wairarapa Coast
- Birdwatching on Onoke Spit
- Lake Ferry Hotel - Country hospitality and fab fish and chips