— Local Attractions —
One of South Wairarapa’s most awe-inspiring location sets the scene for your adventure. From the limitless views across the Cook Strait and out to Kaikoura and beyond, to the majestic high country and sweeping rugged coastline of Cape Palliser, Kawakawa Station is an unforgettable experience.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA?
Walk the Putangirua Pinnacles a 2 - 4 hour return trip depending on the route. This epic place was used as a filming location for the 'Paths of the Dead' scene in ‘The Return of the King’, the third movie in Peter Jackson's ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. The Pinnacles are a 5 minute drive from Kawakawa Station.
Kawakawa Station is 4km from the Ngawi fishing village where the main income comes from crayfish (southern rock lobster) fishing. Ngawi has more tractors and bulldozers per capita than anywhere else in the world which are used to haul fishing boats in and out of the water. In Ngawi you will find good coffee and tasty seafood in one of the food caravans on the beach and, for golfers the Southern-most golf course in the North Island; nine holes of square green mown into beach side grass.
Ngawi is home to a permanent fur seal colony. The rookery, at Mangatoetoe, was found in 1991, the first one found in the North Island in the 20th century, indicating that the seals were recovering from previous exploitation. Definitely worth seeing but don’t get too close!
The Cape Palliser Lighthouse is located around 5 km’s from Ngawi. It was first lit in 1897 but became automated in 1986 and flashes twice every 20 seconds. See if you can climb the 258 steps up to Cape Palliser Lighthouse.
We wouldn’t be surprised if you wanted to stay longer in our piece of paradise, so book into the Waimeha Camping Village for a night or two. Fishing Charters are also available by prearrangement.
The Lake Ferry Hotel is 25mins from Kawakawa Station. Situated beside Lake Onoke with views out to sea you can enjoy a drink and a meal before heading out to the Coast.
On the way to Kawakawa Station be sure to stop off at ‘The Land Girl’ home of fantastic coffee, food and shopping in Pirinoa Village. You won’t be disappointed.