The Putangirua Pinnacles - Ngawi

Some of the most amazing rock formations you will ever see...


The Putangirua Pinnacles are earth pillars formed by the erosive forces of rain and floods; high slabs of rock known as Kupe's Sail.

The 'badlands erosion' of Putangirua Pinnacles is a spectacular landscape feature.

The majestic pinnacles were formed over the past 120,000 years by heavy rain which gradually eroded an ancient gravel deposit, eventually forming spectacular individual pinnacles or 'hoodoos'.

The Pinnacles were used as a backdrop for the filming of Dimholt Road in the Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.

Access to the Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve is 13 kilometres along Cape Palliser Road from the Lake Ferry turn-off. The turn-off and campsite are about 500 metres past the Department of Conservation caretaker's residence.

Three routes lead to the Pinnacles. Allow two to three hours for a round trip. For a longer walk, with excellent views of Palliser Bay, allow three to four hours for a round trip.


CAMPING: The car park is also a Department of Conservation campsite, so if you are tenting or have a campervan, you can stay the night here for the modest fee of $6 each per night.

Other things to see in Ngawi

Ngawi's Seal Colony

Palliser Lighthouse

Bull Dozers of Ngawi

Ngawi Camping Area