I was there for the sunrise and even if I couldn't see the sun appear from the sea horizon, that was a great show. I was alone to watch the top of the waves illuminated by the orange sun.
I edited a short video about the beauty I saw.
30Sept18. The lighthouse is good. How many steps! A lot and steep and it was very windy when we were there. The gravel road is actually quite good. We made the mistake of walking about 3kms to get there. On the plus side we did see a lot of seals.
Long drive out but beautiful coastal drive. Lighthouse was pretty and the fur seals are great fun to watch!
Driving the last bit of Cape Palliser Road there are plenty of opportunity to see seals! Lovely animals not afraid of us and beautiful landscapes as well.
See a huge seal colony at Cape Palliser, it is just amazing to watch the bulls, the cows and their babies! A nice lighthouse, amazing rock formations, nice beaches and lovely nature!
Really beautiful landscape, still wild. Lots of seals. You can also find some Paua on the rocks!
A cool place to go see if you are a tourist.
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Absolutely lovely place. The coast is wonderful. The view from the lighthouse is stunning. There are 248 stairs that lead to the lighthouse. Unfortunately no seals whatsoever at this time of year (December).
A lot of nice walks and an awesome scenery. Nice view and seals are next to the road.
Nice to be that near to seals!
We have never seen seals in the wild, lots of small seals, they play together.
Lots of small seals, really nice and cute.
This place is very beautiful and there is a colony of seals which was very amazing.
Long gravel road to the lighthouse but the view and the beach near the lighthouse are awesome!
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We were very lucky. Weather was brilliant, seals were everywhere and we were able to almost touch them! Walk to the lighthouse is a great idea, especially if you want to take breathtaking pictures!
We saw a lot of freedom seals.
Huge seal colony with babies. You can see them in their natural habitat. Very cut. Free.
Incredible place in the most southerly point of the North Island. No people around, just the sound of the wind and waves. And then the biggest colony of sea lions there are in the North Island.
Cape Palliser with lots of babies and seals playing in the water, jumping on rocks. That was so good to see them wild and free.
The 5 hours I have spent here made it one of the most memorable days of my life. The whole area is 10/10 beautiful and that is only a bonus to the main attraction of watching seals. Went there in March and the place was full of very young seals playing with each other. Couldn't get any better.
The stairs up to the lighthouse are a bit vicious but it is all worth it for the view. Plus the hundreds of fur seals that live along the coast made this one of my favourite spots in New Zealand thus far.
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Seeing seals for the first time really close, nice lighthouse but too far away.
Great experience to see the seal colony and the lighthouse. A long gravel road to travel but worth the trip. Also possible to spend the night here for free.
Lots of seals playing on the rocks of the beaches near the lighthouse. Easy to see and observe them.
Absolutely amazing place, beautiful scenery, lovely drive although tight in some areas so take your time, it's well worth it. We got to see many fur seal adults and pups but most memorable we were lucky to have an enormous elephant seal only ten metres away sunning with the others just the most memorable sight ever. This is definitely worth taking the time to drive out and experience this beautiful location.
Nice seal colony.
Christopher Buch Madsen
You get amazingly close to wild seals, so cool and there is a cool lighthouse with a great lookout as well.
Lighthouse, seal colony, really remote place with some rough shores and beaches. Is really beautiful
Beautiful landscape and amazing seal colony.
Lovely place and what a surprise to see many seals. Good experience, a bit scary.
It is quite a long drive from Wellington but it is through amazing mountains. Once you are there you can climb very tall staircase to a lighthouse and also hang out with some seals! Great snorkelling too!
Really nice and we saw some seals.
Amazing experience of watching for a few hours, seals and their baby's, playing and living, just a few metres near us......
A great spot to meet seals like nowhere else!
Awesome!! Very cool to see the seals lazing around on the beach, rocks and grass area and too also see seal pups bounding about.
You get fantastic views from the lighthouse so the horrible steep steps are worth it when you get up there :)
Beautiful place where you have the friendly people living in Ngawi, seal colonies and a lighthouse all in the same place.
Mike and Caroline
Absolutely brilliant! You have to see them, there are loads of seals and we saw their pups too. Great views and a real privilege to see them in their natural habitat. We went in April if you are wanting to catch the pups.
You must visit the Pinnacles too, and take a walk up the lighthouse!
Sebastian and Peter Beate
It is sooo beautiful here!
You can see a lot of seals and penguins.
We went here in April when the Seals had their pups. It was so awesome. They had a Rookery and over 40 little ones flapping around.I nearly stood on one...scared the crap out of me! He was so small and trying to run off with fins flapping.Hilarious. Great to view and plenty of photographs.
Nice one day trip from Wellington (or from way to Wellington). The southernmost point of North with lighthouse at rocks and amazing seal colony!! Not so many people :)
Worth to be seen.
For a nice short walk along the coast to visit the seals then this is a good spot. The scenery is very nice as well.