50 odd kilometres to the east of Masterton is Riversdale, a small beachside community. The beach is patrolled in summer and it's a pleasant place to be. Plenty of people have holiday homes here. There's also a small shop there selling various stuff including takeaway meals.
Palliser Lighthouse...steep, steep,steep
At the end of the road along Palliser Bay you will find the Palliser Lighthouse, still into operation. It was staffed till 1986 and then it was automated.
Very steep stairs with 258 steps will lead you to the red and white coloured lighthouse. Enjoy the view of the cliffs and coastline of Palliser Bay and across Cook Strait till the mountains of the South Island.
Feel 'the end of the world'.
See for official description: http://www.lighthouses.net.au/nz_lights/cape_palliser.htmRelated to:
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scenic drive along Palliser Bay
From Martinborough drive to the south and just before reaching Lake Ferry turn off to the left to Cape Palliser (signposted).
Suddenly the road will descend and reach the wild coast with views over Palliser Bay on your right and a spectacular landscape with the eroded and steep Whatarangi Bluff on your left hand side.Related to:
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It's far from the beaten track, and the road there is unsealed in parts, but this is one place that's well worth a visit, with the wild coastline, seals and the lighthouse.
There are around 250 steps to the top, but it's worth the climb for the views.
Down on the South Coast is Lake ferry, where the lake meets the rugged South Coast. In the past, before the road link from Wellington to Wairarapa was put through, a ferry was used to get cars to here, from where people could drive up into the Wairarapa.
It's quite a scenic spot, as you can see. You can also see the South Island from here.
On the way from Martinborough to Lake Ferry and Palliser Bay we passed the Burnside Church, more or less in the middle of nowhere. We made a stop and looked around in this 140 years old wooden church.
It is situated near the village of Pirinoa.Related to:
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Ngawi - last chance for a drink
Over a gravel road along Palliser Bay with some fords you will reach Ngawi: an old Maori fishermen village. Most remarkable are the tractors on the beach, colourful or corroded. They pull the boats of the fishermen in and out the sea.
A little bit (to the left) from the main road lies a small tea-room for a last opportunity to have a drink or a snack before reaching the fur seals and the end of the road near the lighthouse.Related to:
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In the area surrounding Cape Palliser, seals can be found in decent numbers. Pull up the car, and there they are.
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