Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the...


Cape Palliser lighthouse. © grafissimo

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Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica, the first bit of the North Island it hits is Cape Palliser. And like every other spot where land and sea come to serious blows, the cape is magical. Read the story . . . 

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