A Trip to Cape Palliser

We took an impromptu trip up to Cape Palliser over the weekend. I was looking for day trip ideas, and this one came up. It’s just a two hour drive out from Wellington, and we were promised lots of beautiful coastal views and a lighthouse. So off we went!

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The last 45 minutes of the drive were really stunning! As promised, we got lots of coastal views.

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Even from inside the car, I was getting snap happy. Seeing the rock cliffs on one side and the sea on the other was really pretty.

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We stopped a couple of times along the road and took some more photos. The scenery along the coast got more rocky. Soon we spotted the lighthouse in the distance.

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It’s striped red and white and high up on the hills! We kept driving down the road and kept getting closer.

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Eventually we saw the track to get up to the lighthouse. The track was short, but can you spot the massive staircase? 258 steps to get to the top. I started off confident, but by 100 steps in, my legs were begging me to stop. But you can’t, cause this is a long, steep staircase, no space to sit, and nowhere to go but up!

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Once I made it to the top, I sat down for a bit. I had to catch my breath, and wait for my legs to stop being shaky. Eventually I did, and I was able to fully appreciate the view! In a way, I felt like I’d earned it.

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Can you spot that tiny yellow car on the road? I loved watching the cars driving along, they looked like toys! Now that we made it up, we spent a while taking lots of pictures.

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It was crazy windy up there, and even though my hair was braided, loose bits kept getting knocked out and whooshing around.

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We both took photos of each other, as well as a few selfies. Selfies that I probably won’t share because my hair looked insane in every single one of them. Seriously, it was so windy!!

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After enjoying the view, our sights turned onto the lighthouse. It’s locked up since it’s not really in use anymore. It’s also huge close up! It took lots of maneuvering and crouching for me to get the whole lighthouse in one photo.

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We stayed up there for a while, enjoying the sights and just basking in the sun. We had the place to ourselves for a few minutes while the next group made their way up those crazy stairs.

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Finally, we decided to head back down. Walking up was tiring, but walking down was daunting. Those steps were really steep. I made my way down very slowly, and soon we were back down where we started.

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Before leaving to find lunch somewhere, I took a few more photos of the sea. Isn’t is incredibly blue??

That’s all for this post! I hope you enjoyed coming along on this little trip to Cape Palliser! It was so beautiful, and gave me yet another chance to play with my camera. Rory and I also had quite a fun road trip up, we had the windows down, and did lots of singing and talking.

Have you guys gone on a little day trip lately? Where’d you go?


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  1. Why is it that the most breathtaking views seem to be 250 steps up, or more? Hehehe but of course it’s worth it when we get there :):):) Your pictures are amazing, and I could picture you two singing I the car. That’s always fun. :):)

    1. It is a shame that we have to climb so far up to get those views. I prefer a hill to stairs though, cause at least i can drag my feet up ?
      Thank you much, it was such a great trip! ?

  2. A beautiful lighthouse and the landscape, ooh they it is gorgeous! Lighthouses are so enchanting, aren’t they? It is even better when you get such a place exclusively to yourself 🙂 Lovely photos. xx

    1. It was such a stunning place! I dont know why we hadn’t been before ? it was a rare treat to get the place to ourselves. The stairs definitley slow down the amount of people who come up at a time ?

      1. The stairs! May I confess that I love the feeling of tripping down those stairs and climbing up too? Because after it lies some reward in the form of cakes and scones with tea. Or at least it did during our lighthouse capers in the UK. xx

        1. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to having to climb that many stairs haha! The lighthouse is fairly remote, there’s only one or two small towns close by. Our lunch consisted of amazing fish and chips from a food truck from said town instead 😀

          1. I am envious. Fish n’ chips certainly clinch the deal my love. I get you about climbing the crazy number of steps but there is that odd pleasure to be found in pain! ?

  3. Love ? lighthouses

    1. They’re definitely beautiful ?

  4. Lovely post and lovely place! The rocks and beaches look so wonderful!

    1. It was definitely a beautiful place. Well worth the visit ?

  5. Very beautiful photos. Everything is so dreamy I’m jealous. You had such a fun day but I’m sure your legs ached the day after?.

    1. Thank you! It was definitely so beautiful! Haha, my legs did not appreciate the climb, but it was so worth it ?

  6. Looks beautiful! Worth the steps – even if they would have killed me 😉

    1. The steps nearly killed me, but the view is definitely worth it ?

    1. It really was ?

  7. So gorgeous! My mom came over this past weekend and we spent the day at the 100-acre park near where my boyfriend and I live (: it was warmer for once, so we really enjoyed the time in the sun

    1. It really was! Aww, sounds like you guys had a nice weekend too ?

  8. It looks beautiful 🙂

    1. It really is! 😀

      1. It looks like Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point in South Africa 🙂

  9. Love your pics it looks so beautiful!! ? xx

    1. Thank you! It really was such a beautiful place ?

      1. It’s okay ? xx

  10. Omg the ocean view from up there is insanely gorgeous!!! I want to visit a lighthouse, one of my bucket list goals lol. Pretty pictures Angela! ?

    1. It was incredible! Definitely worth climbing up all those stairs haha! 🙂

      1. also a great workout! 😀

  11. Oh my lanta the moment I saw your cover photo for this my mermaid heart started going cray-cray in excitement! What a stunningly beautiful place! Your pictures are gorgeous! And this has just been put on my bucket list! <3

    1. Haha, the lighthouse is indeed a beautiful spot! The sea coming up to it was so blue and amazing. It’s definitely worth a visit! 😀

      1. Seriously I NEED to go there now. I LOVE lighthouses! <3

  12. Such beautiful pictures 🙂 Looks like you definitely had an amazing day! It’s so important to just lay back and chill and enjoy the views sometimes <3

    1. Thank you Pratz! I really agree! It was a beautiful day, made even more amazing by the lovely views! 🙂

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