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    Visit Cape Palliser and the Sea Lion Colony

    by stevemt Written Oct 23, 2012

    Cape Palliser is on the southern coast of the Wairarapa. It is a remote part of the coast, but easy to get to.

    The Sea Lions are well known here and well worth a visit, BUT do not get too close, they are not tame.

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    CASTLE POINT

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2010

    CASTLE POINT and once again, we did not strike it lucky with the weather. Rain & Wind, I braved the elements with my Rain coat on, and went and had a look at the Castle Rock. This area would be very nice on a fine day.

    There is a fossil -limestone reef, walks, nice beach and a sheltered lagoon. Not only is the scenery nice, but there is a good chance of seeing Dolphin, fur seals, and occasionally small whale, White-fronted terns, red-billed gulls, black shags, reef herons and black-backed gulls nest on the sheer cliffs of Castle Rock.

    The reef, lagoon, sand dunes, and Castle Rock are all part of Castlepoint Scenic Reserve. As well as protecting outstanding landforms, the reserve is the only location in the world of a rare shrubby daisy. The Castlepoint daisy, grows only on the crumbled limestone of the reef and Castle Rock.

    Castlepoint was named in 1770 by Captain Cook who was struck by the similarities of Castle Rock to the battlements of a castle. The Lighthouse on the rock can be walked to for great views.

    If you happen to be there on the correct date, then you will be able to enjoy the beachHorse-racing. Race dates and times are governed by the tides. If they are a little erratic the first race may have to be delayed — or riders in the last may have to steer their steeds through

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    Wine country...MARTINBOROUGH

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2010

    Known as "Martinborough wine village" we arrived here from our overnight stay in Featherston. The journey was quite scenic, with rolling hills, Sheep & Cattle.

    In the early 1980's, wine pioneers discovered this area was perfect for grape growing, the wine industry grew, and now it is well known for good food & wine, plus I liked the old buildings.

    Surrounding the town square are historic buildings like the museum, General store & others, and the Martinborough Hotel. The Hotel was a way station for prosperous travellers to and from the South Wairarapa’s huge, isolated sheep stations. Go inside, have a look at the olden day sketches of local personalities adorning the walls. .

    Since visiting Martinborough, I have found out that it sits on the site of New Zealand’s first sheep station and was established by Irish immigrant John Martin, there is a caricature in the Hotel’s Settlers Bar.

    ALSO.......... he laid the streets out in the shape of a Union Jack flag, and called them after places he’d visited on his world travels.

    Quite an interesting town!

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    Wine tours

    by stevemt Updated Nov 13, 2007

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    There are a number of winery's in the Waiarapa, and some of them boutique.

    These are well worth spending a day wandering around and tasting of course. Some have restaurants where food can be had.

    The Wellington/Wairarapa wine-growing region is one of New Zealand's smallest, with several sub-regions, which include Gladstone, Martinborough, Masterton and Opaki. Martinborough was the original area planted, on the basis of careful scientific study, in the 1970's, which identified it's soils and climate as perfecttly suited to the ciultivation of Pinot Noir. As a consequence, many of the vineyards established there are older then their counter-parts in the rest of the Wairarapa. Subtle differences are seen in the wines from the South Wairarapa (which includes Martinborough), which has more maritime influences, to those grown further north.

    Martinborough has a large number of vineyards producing wines, notably Pinot noir. Martinborough has a warm micro-climate, with hills to the East and West. Almost all of the vineyards are in thin ribbons around the Northern and Eastern sides of the town, and on the Dry River to the South. All follow dry riverbeds, which provide appropriate soils for viticulture. Notable wineries include Te Kairanga, Palliser Estate Wines, Dry River, Martinborough Vineyard, Murdoch James, Ata Rangi and Craggy Range. During November, the region's wines are celebrated in the Toast Martinborough wine festival. This event temporarily enlarges the population by 10,000.

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    Martinborough - wine village

    by vtveen Updated Sep 10, 2007

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    Martinborough is a little town with a couple of shops, hotels and restaurants, all more or less around the town square. Martinborough is famous for its great wines, nowadays there are about twenty wineries in or around this little township. Most famous is the Pinot Noir !!

    We found a real rural pace without 'any' tourists; it is so touristy, we couldn't even find a postcard of the town!!

    Martinborough is an ideal starting point for exploring the wild coast of the Palliser Bay. We had read and heard about the fur seal colony, but were very impressed of these cute animals lying on the rocks and playing in the sea just along the 'main' road. An absolutely MUST SEE if you are staying or visiting the town.

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    Wine trails

    by salisbury3933 Written Jan 19, 2007

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    Although Martinborough is the main wine area of the Wairarapa, there are other places where grapes are grown and wine is made.

    About 15 minutes from Carterton and Masterton is Gladstone, and there are four separate wineries there. We dropped in on Gladstone Winery, did some wine tasting and had some coffee as well. Worthwhile taking the time to have a look, good wine, the food looks good, and they even had some live music when we were there.

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    Greytown - Victorian buildings

    by vtveen Written Apr 25, 2006

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    Greytown is the oldest town in the Wairarapa established by Senator George Grey in 1853.

    Greytown has some old Victorian Buildings, most of them along the main street (SH2).
    You will find also some unexpected craft-, antique- and giftshops.
    The Cobblestones Museum shows some buildings and equipment from the early settlers' era.

    After a coffee in The White Swan head for Carterton with the Paua Shell Factory Shop or to Martinborough with its famous wineries.

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    Putangirua Pinnacles ... is this real ??

    by vtveen Updated Oct 14, 2005

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    Just after the little village of 'Te Kopi' is a signpost to the ‘Putangirua Pinnacles’.
    Park you car on the parking lot, put on some good footwear and follow the track. There should be two tracks to the Pinnacles, but when we visited this scenic reserve (just after the 2004 flooding) we only found one through the bed of the Putangirua Stream. And this meaned we had to do some river crossings.

    Soon you will see the first pinnacles, but the scenery is growing more and more spectacular if you are going further. Follow the track (if visible) at a fork to the left, climb more and higher. The reward is fantastic. Suddenly you are surrounded by one of the most wild landscapes you can imagine.

    We were feeling so tiny between all these huge pinnacles. What a fantastic scenery !!!

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    fur seals at Palliser Bay

    by vtveen Updated Oct 14, 2005

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    Just after leaving Ngawi (a fishermen village on Palliser Bay), still on the gravel road, you will encounter a large colony of New Zealand fur seals. There are seals on the rocks, on some sandy beaches and in the sea.

    Stop your car, walk around and just enjoy these very friendly animals. You can see them, you may smell them and you could touch them (but don't do!!).

    The way they are sleeping, yawning, playing in the sea, looking at you, it is so amazing, so pure. Fantastic !!!!!

    Please don’t disturb this wildlife, so many people after you can also enjoy this unique spot.

    For more information about New Zealand Fur Seals: www.pinnipeds.org/species/nzfursl.htm

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    Woodville

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Mar 31, 2004

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    Woodville is a good place to stop and stretch your legs if you're on the Napier-Wellington Highway.
    It's actually got some great antique and craft shops.
    Plus, the area has excellent fishing, hunting and tramping, if you've got a couple of days to spend there.
    The town even has it's own famous artist - Gottrfried Lindauer - who lived and worked in Woodville.

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    Dannevirke

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Feb 1, 2004

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    Dannevirke was settled in 1872 by Danish and Norwegian families and was a important farming centre last century.
    But times have changed and urbanisation has happened, and now Dannevirke is popular stopping point for visitors.
    You can still stopover and stay in the camping ground, backpackers, homestays or motels. But most people just drive through on their way down to Wellington or up to Napier.
    Stretch your legs around the 20-hectare gardens, complete with deer park and lake. While for kids there is the "Viking Ship" playground.

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