About Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser is situated on the southern coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is the southernmost point of the North Island.

It is located at the eastern end of Palliser Bay, 50 kilometres southeast of Wellington – 100 kilometres by road.

A small settlement – Ngāwī – is situated near Cape Palliser, where the main income comes from crayfish (southern rock lobster) fishing.  Approx 20 to 30 fishing boats are pushed into the sea on their trailers by bulldozers.

Kupe’s Sail is another feature of Cape Palliser – a triangular upthrust of sedimentary rock shaped like a sail. Legend has it that Kupe sailed by Cape Palliser more than 1000 years ago.

The Cape Palliser Lighthouse is located here; an unmanned lighthouse blinking once every 20 seconds. It is also home to a permanent fur seal colony.

Cape Palliser was named by Captain James Cook in honour of ‘his worthy friend’ Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser of the British Royal Navy.

Meet our farm friends

We will introduce you to our farm friends.  Children have the opportunity to feed the Khaki-Campbell or Pecan ducks, meet Ruby-Jane the pig or Spud the sheep who has quite an attitude.  You will meet Buster the Labrador dog , Betty the wee white dog and Winnie the goat.

Activities at Cape Palliser:

  • Visit historical sites – Waterfall/Stonewall
  • Putangirua Pinnacles
  • Seal colony
  • Cape Palliser Lighthouse
  • Diving
  • Tramping
  • Surfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Fishing & boating
  • Childrens’ playground
  • Swimming
  • Golfing – 9 hole
  • Mountain biking
  • Kite flying
  • Feeding camp farm animals
  • Petanque

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