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Lake Ferry and surrounds

April 1, 2016

Another day and another day trip out and about, this time to Pirinoa, inland and just by the turnoff to Lake Ferry. Lake Ferry is on the shore of Lake Onoke…..I am not sure why the village has a different name to the Lake….Lake Onoke is at the southern end of Lake Wairarapa.

  There is not a lot there apart from holiday homes, homes, an hotel and a camp ground. So much so that I neglected to take a single picture!

From there we headed to Whangaimoana, which is on the coast on the Ngawi side of Lake Onoke.  Here, there were a number of people fishing, either surf casting or torpedo fishing.  Damn, we had left the kite fishing gear back at the van! 

   Whangaimoana looking East
 And looking west

From there we headed for the Putangirua  Pinnacles, which Roy has mentioned in his post the other day here

On our return journey we found this carefully tended grave site of the side of the road so we stopped to have a look.   

It is a memorial to 12 seafarers who lost their lives when their sailing ship the Zuleika ran aground offshore here on Good Friday in 1875.  

On the lonely windswwept coast of Palliser Bay, east of Wellington, flowers grow on a large grave. It holds the bodies of 12 men, but few people know anything about its occupants and the tragedy that happened long ago.

In 1897 the Zuleika a 23 year old iron ship had discharged half its American cargo at Duneedin and was to complete unloading at Wellington. At 11pm on April 16 it ran aground in a gael 6km from Cape Palliser.

There were 21 men aboard. All the deck fittings were swept overboard and the crew took to the riggings. Tremendous seas were running and the ship suddenly went under. Those who could swim made for the shore. The rest clung to the wreckage. All that was left in the morning was a piece of the forecastle. Wreckage was strewn over 3km of beach.

12 bodies, bruised and battered almost beyond recognition, were buried near the beach. They were the mate, cook, steward, seven seamen and 2 apprentices of the Zuleika.

Source….NZ Truth, 16 March 1976.
The steamer ‘Tutanekai’ took coffins to the scene of the wreck of the ‘Zuleika’ today (22 April) and 8 of the victims were buried in one grave. The 9th body, that of Alexander McKay will be forwarded to Port Chalmers.

Mr Erai, the Maori, owns the land in the vicinity of the wreck, has given sufficient ground for the burial of the dead and has undertaken to erect a tombstone if one is sent down.

The wreck of the Zuleika in Palliser Bay was sold at auction to Mr Flockton for 65 pounds (stg). In addition to the tins of kerosene and American hardware lying on the beach there is a quantity of fencing wire in the water which it is believed can easily be recovered by a diver. The spars are estimated to be worth about 100 pounds (stg).

Wanganui Chronicle April 1897

A poignant reminder of how rugged this coastline can be. 


Ngawi to Cape Palliser

April 1, 2016

We arrived in Ngawi before Easter and planned to spend about a week there at a PoP (Park over Place) just before Ngawi itself. The PoP is owned by friends of Pat & Steve and is a lovley private and quiet spot which we really appreciated especially when we saw the number of people camped/parked at the free camp spots at Ngawi.  It is an ‘interesting’ drive in to Ngawi, I’ll let the pictures tell that story at the end of this post.

 Parked in the very dry paddock

  The view looking down toward Wellington headland
  Map showing Cape Palliser in relation to Wellngton and the South Island
We parked ourselves beside a shelter belt to protect ourselves from the forecast SW winds, but of course you know what happened don’t you?  Yep, we had every wind from every direction  with only one day of the forecast SW winds!

We took the opportunity whilst basing ourselves in Ngawi to explore the surrounding area, first of all was a trip into Ngawi itself then along the 5km of road to Cape Palliser.

  Boat launching Ngawi style
Ngawi is a fishing village, where the predominant catch is Paua and Crayfish.  It is also reknown as have the highest number of bulldozers per capita.

 You can see in the above photo that there is a step ladder/ramp from the boat to the bulldozer over the very long draw bar.  We watched the boat being launched, then the bulldozer and trailer positioned so that the bulldozer was out of reach of the tide but the trailer was still in the water, the driver walked up the ladder, carefully climbed along the side of the trailer to then leap onto the boat as it carefully manoeuvred itself toward the trailer on the incoming waves.  It was all very well orchestrated and timed.  

From here we went to Cape Palliser.  Cape Palliser is the southernmost point on the North Island and lies further south than Nelson and Blenheim in the South Island. Cape Palliser was named by Captain James Cook in honour of ‘his worthy friend’ Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser of the British Royal Navy.

  The lighthouse as viewed from the carpark

  Read all about it

They say there are 261 steps to the top, and I will have to take their word for it as I lost count about half way up and I was not going to start again and I was concentrating too hard on getting down again with my dodgy knees to think about counting as well.
   Roy taking a photo of me taking a photo of him

I mentioned earlier that the road into Ngawi is interesting, the following photos are taken on our way out.

 The road winds its way around the coastline, with one lane having been washed away in places. 
  Looking back along the road to Ngawi
  On the flat along the sea.  Apparently the road is frequently under water when high seas are present, our host Julie told us that sometimes she has to wait for a gap in the waves to make her dash through to get home! 


Belated 2

March 28, 2016


Once again a catch up of photos and comments.


This photo is for you James, you should have approached Tui for sponsorship on recovering the billiard table at the Lodge!!

Before  leaving Lake Wairarapa Bernice and I took a train ride in to Wellington where we met up with Bernice’s niece Natalie & family.  Before doing so we went to the National War Memorial to see the extension to the exhibit we had previously seen.


The exhibition has been extended with the addition of a Gallipoli section.  This primarily consists of a time line from the landing through to the evacuation presented through a series of colourised original photographs.  These include New Zealand and Australian photographs in the main.  Each is presented within the context of the time and place of the action associated with the photograph.  There is also a roughly four metre square diorama of the action at Chunuk Bair.


The detailed work of colourisation has made those old black and white photos really come to life and add a depth to the experience which is significantly greater that that achieved through the original black and white photographs.

Meanwhile we moved from Lake Wairarapa to Ngawi.  So where is Ngawi?  It is about 5km from Cape Palliser which is the southern most point of the North Island. 


Parked up at a POP just a kilometre out of Ngawi.  Friends of Steve and Pat own the property.  Lovely spot close to the sea.


One of a pair of Highland cattle who are our neighbours.


Due west (where the sun is setting) is Seddon, on the South Island.  We have caught sight of the South Island from time to time.


This shot shows the reflected light, form the sunset above, on the dry hills immediately behind where we are camped


A cloud formation above the Aorangi Forest Park shaped like a feather.


The toilets which are positioned on the sea side of the road around this area are all well tied to the ground to avoid disappearing in the high winds. And yes, we have experienced a little of the strong winds.

We took a short trip from here to Cape Palliser.  This is the southern most point of the North Island.


Looking from the carpark up the steps to the Lighthouse.


Bernice part way up the stairs, taking in the view.


There is the top.  Not quite there but close.


And here is a shot of the original lighthouse keeper’s house at the bottom.


Steve and Pat waiting in the carpark for the mountaineers to return.


I think this sign may have been relocated from somewhere a little further south!!


A very happy little bach, or crib for those of you in the south.


This boat is being launched in Ngawi.  Note the very long drawbar between the cradle and the bulldozer.  Also the angled  connection is actually a ramp leading from the back of the bulldozer to the side of the cradle and the crewman driving the bulldozer can use this to go on board the boat.


Oops!!  Genuine seaside residence, with only a sight problem with the foundations.  Unobstructed sea views with direct access to the sea.


This is the view from the ridge track to the lookout at the Putangirua Pinnacles, a formation very similar to the clay cliffs outside Omarama.



Belated 1

March 28, 2016


Someone, who shall remain nameless, has been remiss with submitting blogs.  As a result it is now necessary to catch up and to post some of the pictures that have been taken over some past weeks/months.

So this blog starts when we were at Rangiwahia and goes through to about Wairarapa.  Some of these places and photos may be duplicated but most have not been seen before.

These first two are of the POP at Rangiwahia.  It is around the Hall with the parking on the left and the dump station on the right.

1The Hall


23POP and Dump station



This aeroplane on a stick is a monument to celebrate the first powered flight in the Wairarapa, it is not far from Gladstone.



These two were seen out and about at the Harvest Wine Festival


Then on to Lake Wairarapa where we spent time exploring the neighbourhood and relaxing.



4Early morning mist and a very still Lake

5Panoramic view of the same part of the lake.



A cloud formation over the Lake that strongly resembled the upper part of a Toetoe frond.


16And another great sunrise over the Lake.   One has to be early for these shots so they are also new to some members of the party. (Bernice here I’ll have you know that I watched quite a few sunrises over the Lake, from the comfort of my bed whilst waiting for my cup of tea to be delivered!!)


6A view of our camping site from further round the Lake.   This was on one of the busier days, but there was still plenty of room.  We saw a reasonable number of overnighters and very few stayed more than two nights.


7An interesting tree within the Camping Area.  It has obviously been there a long time as the trunk has completely filled the tractor tyre which had been placed around it to protect it when it was planted.  The root mass now starts at the top of the tractor tyre.  It will be interesting to come back and see how much it has stretched the tyre at some point in the future.


8Another glorious sunrise


5And finally a sunset over the Rimutaka Range

While we were at the Lake Wairarapa we took the opportunity to do some sight/site seeing and exploration of some of the remoter camping sites on the East Coast.  One of our trips took us out to Te Awaiti and Tora – the northern and southern ends of a remote part of the East Coast.


10The bridge at the north end of Te Awaiti.  The bridge is privately owned and provides access to the farm at the north end.  There is a gate across the far end of the bridge and nowhere to turn a large vehicle at the near end, a problem if you were to come here in a big vehicle.  It sometimes pays to explore first!


8Sue and Bernice preparing lunch carefully supervised/observed by Pat.  Whilst it looked not a bad place to stay we would never have got into the Camping area with our vehicle.  It was too narrow, too steep and impossible to turn into, so we crossed it off our list of possible coastal stays. 

On our way from Te Awaiti at the north end, to Tora at the south, we saw these fishing boats hauled out of the water.  They are launched using Tractors and bulldozers.  You will see more of these when we post about our stay at Ngawi. 




There is a free camping site at the beginning of the Tora Road.  Quite rudimentary it is between the bridge and the sea in fairly rough ground with some flatter spots.  There is a sign and rubbish bins at the entrance, but that is about all.


14Found this rather comfortable chair or lounger at the top of the beach on the road to Tora.  Obviously provided by some enterprising local.

On another day we went to see Stonehenge Aotearoa.  This is modelled on Stonehenge’s seen throughout the world, the most famous of which is probably the Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, England.  Bernice and I had been to Stonehenge Aotearoa ten years ago which was not long after it first opened but Pat and Sue had not been so we all went and had a look.



The entrance or causeway to the henge.


Statue of Diana in the foreground and the Seven Sisters or Pleiades in the background.  Maori know these stars as Matariki and, for many tribes, the dawn rising of Matarki herald the beginning of the new year.  To the south-west of the Seven Sisters there is a marker stone.  Stand on this stone and the Sisters will show you where Matariki rises.



19Pat, Sue and Bernice listening to the enthralling tour provided by Richard Hall.   This site is a must see for everyone with a sense of wonder.


20And last but not least a view of the “ghost house” on the hill opposite the Stonehenge site