Ngawi, New Zealand

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Ngawi Fishing Village
Ngawi Fishing Village
Ngawi is located in North Island
Coordinates: 41°35′15.34″S 175°14′5.08″E / 41.5875944°S 175.2347444°E / -41.5875944; 175.2347444
Country  New Zealand
Region Wellington
Territorial authority South Wairarapa District
Ward Ngawi
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code(s) 06

Ngawi (pronounced "naa-wee")[1] is a small fishing / holiday town within five kilometers from Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of New Zealand's North Island. The town is made up of mainly small wooden houses, which are often called baches.

Ngawi has more bulldozers per capita than anywhere else.[2] The bulldozers are used to haul fishing boats into and out of the water as there is no wharf or other access to the ocean other than the beach, which can be notoriously rough at times.[1]

The location has a large population of fur seals, and is popular not just with commercial but recreational fishermen. The best fish to catch are Paua (a type of abalone which is prized for its iridescent shell as well as the flesh), crayfish (also known as rock lobster), and cod. The place is popular with all types of fishermen, including spearfishers.

Ngawi is known for its "exposed" climate, its intense and prolonged wind and the fact that there are almost no trees on this isolated coast.The weather can become extremely hot in summer.

A number of ships have become victim to this rough coastline.

Panoramic View of Ngawi and Palliser Bay

Film Location[edit]

In May 2006, filmmaker Peter Salmon, in association with Maxim Films and the New Zealand Film Commission shot a short film, 'Fog' on location in Ngawi. Salmon was drawn to the area's unique landscape and isolated feel. 'Fog' premiered at Critic's Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. It stars Joe Dekkers-Reihana, Chelsie Crayford Preston, Jim Moriarty and Tina Cook.

Coordinates: 41°35′15″S 175°14′05″E / 41.587595°S 175.234745°E / -41.587595; 175.234745


  1. ^ PatentBuff Retrieved 30 December 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Ngawi". Destination Wairarapa. Retrieved 15 February 2016.