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[photos] New Zealand: Cape Palliser

Past Ngawi and the seal colony lies Cape Palliser itself. This is the southernmost tip of the North Island, and definitely qualifies as one of the world’s ass-end-of-nowhere places. (I’ve visited a lot of them, from Point Barrow to the south Gobi Desert, and elsewhere.) Like most a-e-o-n places, Cape Palliser has a stark and compelling beauty of its own.

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Cape Palliser Road exiting Ngawi.

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Looking back at Ngawi.

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The ocean wrapped in misty rain, as seen from the car.

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A rather fine upthrusted ridge.

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Handy and informative signage.

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The coast gets a bit wilder.

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Passing by the seal colony.

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The lighthouse at the tip of the cape (seen from the west).

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A closer view of same.

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The lighthouse from the east side, where the road ends. Note the 200 or so rain-slicked wooden steps leading up. Given my general state of post-chemo exhaustion, I declined the climb.

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Heading back from Ngawi, we pass a washout.

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They’re not kidding. Look closely at the edge of the road in this photo.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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