The Trip: Getting to Cape Palliser (Part 2 of 4)

This was our first out-of-town trip with our young baby, Filomena. Accompanying us on this trip was my sister Dawn who was visiting us from the United States.

Photo of Jennifer Hammond and Dawn Wulff at the top of the Rimutaka hills, Wellington, New Zealand

Our first big stop was the lookout at the top of the Rimutaka Road that takes you from Wellington into the Wairarapa. Dawn and myself were able to take a look down the Rimutakea Ranges through into the Wairarapa while David stayed in the car and looked after Filomena. We then drove on to Martinborough for some lunch.

Photo of the Rimutaka hills, Wellington, New Zealand

Martinborough has a population of nearly 1500 people. Up until the last 20 to 30 years it was very much a town whose main focus was supplying the necessities of life to a local farming community. However, that has changed significantly with the development of wine and olive oil industries.

Yes, the farms are still very much there but the wine and olive oil industries have provided a real zing to the town. There are wine trails and tours around the vineyards, and a range of boutique stores in the town itself selling everything from wine to designer clothing. Supporting this is a range of high quality cafes and restaurants. The picture of Martinborough's main street below made it into 2017 NZ Calendar.

Photo of Martinborough, Wairarapa, New Zealand


After lunch (and an ice cream cone), we piled back into the car and headed south to Cape Palliser. There is not much between those places and we were smart to get some milk at the last fuel and general store in Pirinoa. In fact, good thing we packed enough food for the week as there is nowhere to get anything within close to an hour! I have to say the last night our dinner was a bit random and basically whatever was left.

Before we went I was told how remote it was but I was having a hard time believing that being only a couple hours from the capital Wellington. As I mentioned in my last post, parts of the road to the lighthouse are gravel and there is no cell phone coverage in certain areas. As we drove I got the sense that we were leaving Wellington behind. It was so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle for a couple of days. When we pulled into the driveway of our holiday home, I knew I was going to like this place A LOT! I’ll share about what we saw and did in the next few blog posts….

Photo of Cape Palliser Lighthouse at dawn, Wairarapa, NZ



This is part two of a four part blog series about our trip to Cape Palliser. You can also read about how it's been getting out now that we have a baby (part 1), our hike at the Putangirua Pinnacles (part 3). and our behind-the-scenes experience of photographing the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and Seal Colony (part 4). 

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