At this time of the year (November through to February) it’s a great time to visit New Zealands southernmost point on the North Island. That being Cape Palliser. Cape Palliser geographically sits farther south than Nelson and Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island.
The main attraction there is the Cape Palliser Lighthouse, giving spectacular views from its lookout of the Wairarapa coastline out to the Tasman Sea.
On the drive there, which is approximately one and half hours drive from Wellington, you drive through a lovely little fishing town called Ngawi. Ngawi is known for the Collection of fishing boat bulldozers, big and small, that line the coast road.
From that point on you’re greeted with a variety of coastal rock formations, many of which are resting places for the local seal colony’s
Why do I consider November to January the best times to visit this region?
It’s when the weather is more settled and the seals are having their pups. Great if you’re into wildlife photography.
Sadly many visitors, even though they visit at that time of the year, they can easy miss this spectacle as there’s no real signage pointing you to the seal breeding grounds. After seeing the Lighthouse they simply drive straight past unaware of the great wildlife attraction close by.
I visited early this December and captured these shots.