Leaving Wellington, we zigzagged in an easterly direction into the Wairarapa district, a largely rural region known for producing very tasty wines and olives. It has a rugged coastline, forested mountains and quiet towns. It’s quite beautiful!
We drove around Lake Wairarapa to the southern most point of the North Island - a desolate and very remote spot called Cape Palliser. Weaving between the dramatic jagged mountains on our left and the wild seas to our right, our coastal route meandered through small townships and thriving seal colonies to the 125 year old clifftop lighthouse at the end of the road. The 252 steps up to the top made for a truly fantastic view.
On to Martinborough, a quaint little town with over 20 vineyards surrounding its cute village square. Needless to say we found a very good winery for the night and will be taking our fellow ZigZaggers right there too!
CHECK OUT OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUT TRIP TO THE WAIRARAPA IN THE VIDEO BELOW!