Hiking/ Tramping at the Putangirua Pinnacles (Part 3 of 4)

In my last blog about a trip to Cape Palliser we were just pulling into the driveway of the holiday home (bach) that we would stay in for three nights.

The house was about 60 metres from the beach. It is on a slight slope so you look down onto the beach.  The house appears to be part of a relatively recent subdivision given the appearance of the houses around it. David tells me judging by the window frames that it was probably built in the late 1970s and early 1980s and may have been extended onto over time.

After dinner on that first night we managed to grab some amazing sunset photos. It took us totally by surprise, one moment we're resting up after dinner, the next moment the sky is filled with a golden glow and we raced out to capture the photos. Sometimes getting great photos is a matter of a lot of planning on the other hand sometimes it's a case of being in the right place at the right time. This photo below is now one of our canvas prints.

Photo of a golden sunset, Cape Palliser, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Later that night we made plans to go and visit the Putangirua Pinnacles. This is where Part of the Paths of the Dead sequence in the film the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was filmed here.

After we got up and had breakfast, we put sun cream on, prepared our packs with lunch we headed out to the Putangirua Pinnacles about 30 min drive from where we were staying. When we arrived we had the choice of either taking the direct route along an old stream bed or heading up the hill to the lookout. We chose to take the route to the lookout with David carrying Filomena in a front pack.

A photo looking down on the Putangirua Pinnacles, Wairarapa, NZ

A photo looking down on the Putangirua Pinnacles, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Part way along the ridge to the lookout we decided to break for lunch. This provided everyone including Filomena the chance to get refreshed and reinvigorated. Shortly, after we resumed our hike we reached the lookout and spent about 20 min taking photos. And then headed down the steep winding track to the bottom.

Once at the bottom we decided to head along the old dried stream bed to take another look at the pinnacles from a totally different angle. By now, I was feeling really tired, so I decided to find some shade and sit with Filomena while David and my sister Dawn hiked further along the old stream bed to the Pinnacles. A photo very similar to the one below made our 2017 calendar .

A photo looking along the path of the Putangirua Pinnacles, Wairarapa, NZ

As you can see from the photos David got some really great shots that show just how otherworldly the Pinnacles are and why they were included in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

A photo looking up onto the Putangirua Pinnacles, Wairarapa, New Zealand

A photo looking along the valley floor of the Putangirua Pinnacles, Wairarapa, New Zealand

About 45 min after they had headed off, David and Dawn returned to where I was sitting with Filomena and we headed back to the car, about half an hour away.

A photo looking up onto the Putangirua Pinnacles, Wairarapa, New Zealand


This is part three 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), Getting to Cape Palliser (part 2) and our behind-the-scenes experience of photographing the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and Seal Colony (part 4). 

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