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Pinnacles Track

Cape Palliser Road | Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, New Zealand
+64 4-384 7770
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Well Worth The Effort

Even if you're not a fan of Peter Jackson's films (he has used this place many a time for a filming... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
GtheKiwi
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I have often heard of this hike and always thought you had to do it over a day or 2. A nutty mate... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Cheryl K
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Cape Palliser Road | Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you're not a fan of Peter Jackson's films (he has used this place many a time for a filming location) it is definitely worth the drive and walk up the river bed to see these surreal natural rock formations. The main path goes...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

I have often heard of this hike and always thought you had to do it over a day or 2. A nutty mate of mine decided we could easily do it in a day trip. Set off from home at 0600 as it is a...More

4  Thank Cheryl K
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

We were determined to visit the Putangirua Pinnacles during our recent week in South Wairarapa and after missing out on our first try because of horrible weather, we headed down from Martinborough on our last afternoon. (No great burden, as that whole road to Cape...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Walking in amongst the rock pinnacles is an absolutely amazing experience, not to be missed. I explored a couple of the branches up as far as I could and there was still much further to go. It's such an incredible, visually spectacular experience. Definitely recommend...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth the hike in to see these pinnacles. Thousands of years old and provide a breath taking view once you get up there

Thank Margreet S
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We did not hike the track, but did a brief stopover at Putangirua pinnacles on our way to Cape Palliser. The rock formations are beautiful and the drive itself is picturesque.. did not want to come back!!! Words and pictures do no justice to the...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We knew nothing about this walk and it turned into the highlight of our Easter weekend. There's a loop track you can tackle from either side - suggest you start walking along the river bed and then up to Pinnacles gorge and then on up...More

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

It's easy to see why these were a feature in Lord of The Rings. A 90 minute trudge up a shingle creek gets you amongst the amazing formations or another 90 minute track takes you to a lookout above them. Both are well worth the...More

Thank vivt751
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

We did this hike on the way to the Palliser lighthouse. The formations are very cool to see. The hike up isn't too strenuous and the views are amazing,

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

The pinnacles are a something that i have never seen anywhere before, truly unique! It’s a scenic 2 hour drive from Wellington. There are different tracks so you can choose if you want a challenge or just a lovely walk. Be sure to bring enough...More

1  Thank Zoe T
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lora a
19 May 2017|
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Response from Kathy P | Reviewed this property |
I can't be sure of the distance. Perhaps 2km with the last section quite steep but pathways are manageable.
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4acadia
16 July 2016|
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Response from KiwiKerry53 | Reviewed this property |
I think it is achievable, but would suggest you get a fairly early start from Wellington. You definitely need a good day to do the pinnacles. Are you aware that as well as the pinnacles there is a seal colony a bit further... More
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