Seal Watching at Cape Palliser {Wairarapa New Zealand}

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It has been a whirlwind.

Jubilee and I arrived in New Zealand on Saturday morning. I said goodbye to Jubilee at the Auckland airport (she headed north with Ben’s brother, Jason, and is currently with Tilly and Jared) and I caught a flight down to Wellington. Wellington is still a good hour’s drive from where Ben and Adalia lived. I thoroughly enjoyed our drive through the lush green hills to get to their home in Featherstone.

We had a lovely lunch at Brac and Bow. We had a lovely lunch at Brac and Bow.

Once we arrived we spent a pleasant afternoon catching up. Sunday morning we attended church and then walked to a nearby restaurant (Brac and Bow) to have lunch. I could lie to you and tell you I had that healthy, gluten-free Buddha Bow.

But we all know I actually ate the giant cheeseburger.

Late afternoon someone suggested we head to Cape Palliser in Wairarapa.

So we did.

Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

Can I just say…WOW!

The southern part of the north island is even more beautiful than the places I visited in 2013.

The water is blue, the hills are green, and the sky is endless.Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

I am sorry to say that as much as I love the waves in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest they are nothing like the waves down here!

Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

And while we occasionally see seals…they are never lying on the rocks by the dozens close enough to touch.*

*no, we did not attempt to touch any sealsCape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

You might remember Ben’s sister, Claire.

Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

BEN! is still the adventurer we all know and love.

He is fearless and fun.

Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

These seals got in a bit of a fight.

Ben gave them the nicknames Hezekiah and Tucker.

I have no idea why.Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching. Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

After we wandered the beach for a while we decided to climb the 252 steps to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse.

Climb the 252 steps to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse.

After that we headed to a local join for fish and chips.

Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

Cape Palliser in Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fabulous spot for seal watching.

And then we played, “Can the baby kick the cup off of Adalia’s stomach?”

They answer is, yes, he can.

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  1. Tanya Redfield

    Adalia climbed all those steps? She is one tough mama!!!

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