Autumn holidays! Day 9: Cape Palliser

The south-eastern corner of the North Island is a little bit out of hand, but it’s very rewarding to go there, especially in pleasent weather and with yummy snacks to enjoy on a bench at the seaside, far away from everything.

And suddenly, the road leaves the endless brown fields and takes a turn to the east, along the shore.
And suddenly, the road leaves the endless brown fields and takes a turn to the east, along the shore.
Far away, you can see the lighthouse already.
Far away, you can see the lighthouse already.
And then, 30 km and 250 wooden steps later, we could touch it.
And then, 30 km and 250 wooden steps later, we could touch it.
A view to the West.
A view to the West.
And down ...
And down …
Needed to sit down afterwards.
Needed to sit down afterwards.
On the way back
On the way back
seals were dozing at the water side.
seals were dozing at the water side.
Black sand and big waves.
Black sand and big waves.
Thundering!
Thundering!
Time for a walk and games in the sand.
Time for a walk and games in the sand.
Near Mangatoetoe.
Near Mangatoetoe.
Coastal gazania with golden orange flowers.
Coastal gazania with golden orange flowers.
Lunchtime :)
Lunchtime :)
Overtaken by a farm buggy.
Overtaken by a farm buggy.
Cabbage tree scene. Can't wait until the ones we planted last year are that big!
Cabbage tree scene. Can’t wait until the ones we planted last year are that big!
Putangirua Scenic Reserve: The gravels in the pinnacles are 12 million years old.
Putangirua Scenic Reserve: The gravels in the pinnacles are 12 million years old.
And the pampas grass is a weed :/
And the pampas grass is a weed :/
Lookout into the badlands.
Lookout into the badlands.