Striking Landforms – Putangirua Pinnacles were formed over 120,000 years by heavy rain and wind which gradually eroded an ancient gravel deposit, eventually forming spectacular individual Pinnacles or ‘hoodoos’.
Māori called the cape Mātakitaki-a-Kupe (the gazing of Kupe), the pinnacles name ‘Putangirua’ means the sails of Kupe after the famous Polynesian explorer.

Middle Earth Mention – The Pinnacles were used as the location for Dimholt Road in the The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.

The Cape Palliser lighthouse – Renowned for seafaring disasters the lighthouse was installed in 1897. Take the 250 step workout to the top. Once there it’s easy to see why this area of the Pacific Ocean was known for seafaring disasters. During the 19th century, there were about 20 ships wrecked in or near Palliser Bay.