Cape Palliser Lighthouse Drive

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Cape Palliser lighthouse was built out of cast iron in 1897 to guide shipping through the Cook Strait.

On your drive from Martinborough to Cape Palliser Lighthouse you can watch fur seals basking in the sun from the comfort of your car.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: North Island NZ
  • Distance: 80 kms
  • Time needed: 8 Hours
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 78m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: November, 2019

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Points of interest along the walk​

Martinborough to Ngawi Bay

The signs to look for are, Lake Ferry, Pirinoa and Cape Palliser. At around 27 Km you should be at the Whangaimoana Road turn off. If you drive straight ahead you will arrive at Lake Ferry, all that is there is a tavern and a couple of houses. It won’t be long before you will be driving along the beach front. If you see a couple of seals along this section don’t panic. There are dozens more up the road. As you look ahead you will see a lot of coloured dots in the distance. We could not work out what was going on till we were within 500 Mt.

Cape Palliser Lighthouse

From Ngawi Bay to the lighthouse is easy, just follow your nose. This section of road is interesting, plenty of fur seals to take photos of and the road is also very interesting, so stay alert. Cape Palliser Lighthouse is easy to find but, be prepared for bad weather, take a warm coat and rain gear. To get past the car wash we had to time the waves breaking over the road, then make a dash to the other side, it would pay to have someone on the other side of the road to stop any other approaching cars.




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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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